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Re: How does anyone keep up with this list?

Sven LUTHER <luther@maxime.u-strasbg.fr> wrote:

> maybe someone knowledgeable with mutt and procmail, or whatever stuff
> is mostly used could make a `debian-lists-reader-help` packages that
> contains the apropiate config files needed to easily read the
> different debian mailing lists, as well as a small documentation or
> howto on how to best use them so that the less promail/mutt/... savvy
> users can read their mail easily.


> I would do it, but my knowledge on debian lists and procmail stuff is
> a bit limited ...

That's okay.  If you put something rough together, then others can
help refine it.  

Here's how I'm doing it at present:

I read all my mail with emacs rmail.  I sort messages by subject
(primary) and date (secondary) (that is, C-c C-s C-d C-c C-s C-s).  I
then display a summary of only the unseen messages (C-u l unseen).

The sorting threads things approximately (not where system clocks or
time zones are incorrect).  I can delete a message with a single
keystroke.  Looking at the summary, I can tell how many messages are
in the same thread, and delete them rapidly.

List traffic is not separated from personal email.  The system keeps
no memory of which threads do not interest me, so the next time I read
the mail I still have to check each subject manually.  I can minimize
this overhead by waiting a couple of days before reading mail again.  

I would like a single command for "delete current message and all
following messages with the same subject".  A friend even drafted one
for me.  Unfortunately, it does not work, and I do not know enough
elisp to debug it.

I would like to improve my setup.  Scoring would be nice.  I have
tried GNUS a couple of times, but was not able to get it working.  A
pre-tuned set of scripts and config files, with some discussion, would
be a big help.

                          - Jim Van Zandt

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