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Re: How do you read mail with gnus?

On 2009-07-18 19:52 (-0600), lee@yun.yagibdah.de wrote:

> 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.

Gnus is very good with news and mail, in my opinion. If you only need
it for reading maildir folders, then I'd use these settings:

    (setq gnus-select-method '(nnnil ""))

    (setq gnus-secondary-select-methods
          '((nnmaildir "" (directory "~/mAiltesting/Mail/Maildir/"))))

You can put them in your ~/.gnus.el file. When you are in Gnus's *Group*
buffer press "F" to find new groups. It should find your maildirs.

> Do I need to know some keystrokes to switch to the mail or something?
> Or somehow import mail into/as newsgroups?

In Gnus mail is also like "news". They use the same interface and mostly
the same terminology. Some things can be confusing first but it's really
powerful to use the same interface for both.

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

Select methods basically mean different ways of getting news/mail. I
suggest configuring gnus-select-method to '(nnnil ""), i.e. "nothing",
because if you, at some point, add different select methods it's much
clearer if there are no two different classes of select methods. Put all
methods to gnus-secondary-select-methods.

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