lost .newsrc.eld, invisible messages, unkillable nil group ...
Doug Bagley <kof <at> deja.com>
2000-12-01 02:11:42 GMT
I'm experiencing a variety of problems with gnus (currently using
5.8.7), and I'd like to know if there is a remedy. As background, I
use nnfolder as my primary backend and read occasional newsgroups as
foreign groups from various servers.
1) I have lost my .newsrc.eld a few times over the past year (Xemacs
crashes, or something similarly horrible). I have sometimes had a
backup version I could use ... but sometimes not. If gnus could
prevent .newsrc.eld lossage, or else recover more gracefully, that
would be really nice. Right now, if I press "F" in Groups buffer, it
tells me that one new group has arrived, but it does not appear.
2) I have consistently had an unkillable group named "nil" at the top
level of my topics, and it's a bit annoying, but I haven't felt it
justified its own message, but I thought I'd throw it in here while
I'm at it. I suppose this may be due to my feeble attempts at
.newsrc.eld recovery ...
3) But most worrisome to me is that I have on a number occasions, for
example, seen a "1" next to a group name in the Group buffer,
indicating a new mail, hit Return on the group name, and the number of
mails indicated goes to zero, and I don't get to read the new mail.
Yet it is there if I load that folder into a buffer (outside gnus).
Initially it occurred to me that my active file is busted, so I looked
in my ~/News/active file, and somehow some Incoming* files got in
there. That shouldn't happen. Then when I try to rebuild my active
file with nnfolder-generate-active-file, It croaked trying to build
some sent-mail.* folders, so I moved them out of my News directory, by
hand. Anyway, the nnfolder-generate-active-file does not recover the
"invisible" emails. They are in the folder, yet have become