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Re: Overview buffer contains garbage

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Overview buffer contains garbage
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:54:58 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Thien-Thi Nguyen <> writes:

> I see a message like this every once in a while:
> Overview buffer contains garbage ‘an 2021 09:28:15 -0300
> <>
> <> 6898 23 Xref:
> gmane.emacs.bugs:198159’.
> What does it mean and how can i get rid of it?

It means that the Gnus agent has saved nov/header data in its .overview
file that it was subsequently unable to make sense of. Each header line
is supposed to start with an integer indicating the article number being
read. In your case, the line seems to start with "an"? Or maybe it looks
like "an" is part of a date format that Gnus is expecting?

Anyhow, it would be useful to see the (full) offending line from the
.overview file in the corresponding agent directory.


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