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Re: Restoring threads that have been read/replied to

From: Narendra Joshi
Subject: Re: Restoring threads that have been read/replied to
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 14:02:09 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:

> 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 correctly).
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I think I got a subset of the mails in the thread after setting
`gnus-refer-thread-use-search' to `t`. I think it's a subset because it
doesn't have the email that defined `my-gnus-fetch-whole-thread'.  I got
these results with `gnus-summary-refer-references.

I still got this error after `A T` (`gnus-summary-refer-thread'):

Group nnselect:nnselect-875yxzh64i.fsf contains no messages

Narendra Joshi

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