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Re: How do you read mail with gnus?

On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 08:55:56AM +0300, Teemu Likonen wrote:
> On 2009-07-17 22:50 (-0600), lee@yun.yagibdah.de wrote:
> > how do you read mail, stored in local maildirs, with gnus? I don't see
> > any mail displayed; M-x gnus-no-server shows an empty buffer, though I
> > specified nnmail to access the maildir where the mail is.
> To list gnus-secondary-select-methods add an item like
>     (nnmaildir "" (directory "~/Maildir"))
> So the whole gnus-secondary-select-methods would look something like
> this:
>     ((nnml "")
>      (nnmaildir "" (directory "~/Maildir"))
>      (nntp "news.gmane.org")
>      (nntp "news.whatever.invalid"))
> I don't use "primary" select methods so I have set gnus-select-method to
> this:
>     (gnus-select-method '(nnnil ""))

Huh. Well, I don't know a news server I could use. I googled for some
a while ago and was surprised that they now want you to pay for using
them. Anyway, I wanted to see how useful it is as a MUA.

I didn't have a ~/.gnus, even not after trying to set it up from
withing emacs via some customization page. So created I one:

(setq gnus-select-method
      '(nnmaildir "email" (directory "~/mAiltesting/Mail/Maildir/")))

That gives me an empty buffer when starting gnus.

Do I need to know some keystrokes to switch to the mail or something?
Or somehow import mail into/as newsgroups? Is there a way to get some
error messages telling me what's wrong, if there are any?

Why would I need primary and secondary select methods (Whatever select
methods are ...)?

> > There are 50000 options you can change, listed in the documentation,
> > but the documentation is unable to tell you how to read mail ...
> The Gnus manual is probably the worst I have ever seen. User must first
> learn Gnus quite well by using it and then the manual starts being
> somewhat useful.

Haha, ok, that's a fine manual then ;) Without mail and news, gnus is
not exactly easy to use ... If I could get it to display my mail, I
might be able to learn more.

Hm, when I copy your ~/.gnus, I'm getting an error when starting gnus:

byte-code: Error in ~/.gnus: gnus-select-method

When I remove (gnus-select-method '(nnnil "")), I'm getting:

No gnus is bad news
(No changes need to be saved)
byte-code: Error in ~/.gnus: (nnml )

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