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Re: Expiring nnimap messages automatically

From: Nicolas Cavigneaux
Subject: Re: Expiring nnimap messages automatically
Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:22:27 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (darwin)

Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:

> Trying going into the *Groups* buffer, putting point on
> "nnimap+home:INBOX", and hitting "G p" to edit the group parameters. You
> should see the 'expiry-wait entry in there. How it got in there I
> couldn't tell you, but Gnus saves group parameters along with marks in
> your.newsrc.eld file, so that's why you weren't seeing it in your config
> file.

Oh! I didn't know that .newsrc.eld was storing these info. I learned
about "G p" too, pretty handy.

So I took a look and the 'expiry-wait was in there.

How do it got there? I played a lot with all kind of Gnus options and
commands when I started using it. I didn't know what I was doing but
wanted to discover Gnus features so I played with things I didn't
understand… Guess I played with 'expiry-wait on this group.

> Simply removing this entry should be enough to let your server parameter
> take effect. Delete that and see if it works.

I did remove it then "C-c C-c". I also hit "s" in groups buffer to save
my changes in .newsrc.eld.

I checked that the file was up-to-date and it is.

I started a new instance of Emacs / Gnus. The 'expiry-wait is really
gone when I check the group using "G p". But deleting / moving of
expired email is also gone with it… My expired messages now stay in the

I could manually set 'expiry-wait on each group and it would do the job
but I'm pretty sure it's not the right way .
Nicolas Cavigneaux

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