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The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction

The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction

Posted Jun 21, 2004 22:20 UTC (Mon) by EricBackus (guest, #2816)
In reply to: The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction by rlb
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction

You wrote:

Gnus does handle email in a potentially unusual way by default, but it's not too difficult to change that. For example, you can change it to mark articles as dormant, rather than read by default, when you read them so that they won't be subject to expiry. This presumes that you're using total-expire for the relevant group, which means that read email expires after N days. Given that alteration, then you'll just explicitly hit 'd' to mark an article as read, which will schedule it for expiry. Gnus' normal delay for deleting emails can be handy sometimes, but you can always force an immediate delete if you need to.

I think you just proved that GNUS is not a good choice for most people.

I understand that the concept of expiring comes from reading usenet postings, but it definately shouldn't be applied to email, at least not by default. I've used GNUS before, even for reading email, and it really can be flexible and capable. But it's much more confusing than it needs to be.


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The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction

Posted Jun 29, 2004 21:53 UTC (Tue) by rlb (subscriber, #9072) [Link]

Actually it's worth noting that total-expire is not the default for mail groups, and so a normal Gnus setup won't automatically delete your mail. It will only delete messages that you explicitly mark as expirable.


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