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Re: Restoring threads that have been read/replied to

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Restoring threads that have been read/replied to
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:25:00 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Narendra Joshi <> writes:

> Alex Bennée <> writes:
>> Narendra Joshi <> writes:
>>> Alex Bennée <> writes:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Due to issues with gmail's IMAP handling I've switched to interacting
>>>> with my development mailing lists via gmane's archival service. I've
>>>> having some problems understanding how the thread expiration policy works.
>>>> I've been using T k (gnus-summary-kill-thread) to kill threads I'm not
>>>> interested in. However there are a bunch of threads that I reply to or
>>>> want to keep track of. However I'm finding after I've read them they
>>>> disappear. If a reply to one of the threads appears I can't read it in
>>>> context to the rest of the thread. So a quick question:
>>>>   - can I re-fetch a whole thread based on the references in the post
>>>>     that is visible in my summary?
>>>> So far I can hi ^ (gnus-summary-refer-parent-article) and find the
>>>> parent article again but what I really want is to fetch the whole thread
>>>> with all it's context.
>>>> Ideally this would be automatic for any thread that I've either posted
>>>> and has replies or one that I've replied to.
>>> I face the same problem a lot of times. It's very annoying. The only
>>> solutions that I could find so far are: `gnus-summary-refer-thread'
>>> (bound to `A T` in the summary buffer) and
>>> `gnus-summary-insert-old-articles' (bound to `/ o`) which I use if the
>>> former doesn't work.
>>> If you find something better, please share it in this thread and
>>> hopefully I will be able to find it later. :)
>> From elsewhere in the group I currently have the following mapped to C-c
>> t in my summary-mode keymap:
>>   (defun my-gnus-fetch-whole-thread ()
>>     "like `A R' `T o' `A T' in the summary buffer."
>>     (interactive)
>>     (gnus-summary-refer-references)
>>     (gnus-summary-top-thread)
>>     (gnus-summary-refer-thread))
>>> Best,
> Interesting that it works for you. When I try the command in this
> thread, I get this error: 
> Couldn’t fetch article <>

There's a good chance that that message is in a separate group. Maybe
you could set `gnus-refer-thread-use-search' to t and try again? That
will create a search group holding all the messages in the thread, even
if they're in separate groups now (assuming that search has been set up 

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