Julien Cubizolles | 18 Nov 16:53 2015

Can't select group

I quite often run into the problem of groups that can't be read ("Can't
select group" error message). They are maildirs synchronized through
offlineimap and accessed as nnimap backends through dovecot. The only
solution I foud is to kill it (gnus-group-kill-group) and subscribe it
again. What could be going wrong ?


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Random832 | 17 Nov 02:27 2015

Mouse clicking strangeness.

In the binary builds of Emacs that I have used (both on OSX from
emacsforosx.com and on Ubuntu LTS), I have been able to left-click
(mouse-1) on group names and messages to open them, but when I built
from source on my Ubuntu machine suddenly it only works if I
middle-click (mouse-2). Was this an actual change between versions [I
_think_ my OSX version is more or less the same version as the source
version, 24.5.1] or is something else going on? And where are these
bindings defined?

Julien Cubizolles | 10 Nov 19:09 2015

Is INBOX special in a Maildir?

I'm using OfflineIMAP to sync a remote IMAP account to a local Maildir,
and dovecot to access it from Gnus using a nnimap method, like many
do. The Maildir uses the fs layout (/ for separators) and has folders like:



but also like:


The General folder can be accessed but Gnus always report no messages in
the group it calls INBOX, even though the folder named INBOX contains
some messages

I suspect it has to do with Gnus being confused about what INBOX really
is: either the root of the Maildir, or the folder actually named
INBOX. Do I need to change something in my offlineimap setup, or in
Gnus' ?

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Julien Cubizolles | 9 Nov 16:48 2015

Jump from notmuch to Gnus for nnml, nnfolder?

I'm trying to use notmuch with Gnus, Tassilo provided a way to jump from
a notmuch search result to the corresponding group in Gnus in
<87r5rk8cmt.fsf <at> thinkpad.tsdh.de>. However his setup addresses the case
of articles stored in a Maildir.

At the moment, my Gnus setup is a mess of Maildirs, nnml and nnfolder
backends (for "historical" reasons). I guess Tassilo's method could be
tweaked for all file-based backends like nnml but I'm not sure that
would be the case for nnfolder.

For those of you using notmuch with Gnus, what did you choose? Put all
your messages in a Maildir ?


Julien Cubizolles | 7 Nov 17:10 2015

offlineimap and gnus expire flags

To those of you using offlineimap with Gnus, how do you make it
propagate gnus-expire flags (and possibly some other flags)? Does mbsync
handle this problem more easily?

I've tried some offlineimap.py code from
but it's from 2010 and it's throwing some errors.

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
ERROR: ERROR in syncfolder for FreeOffline folder aapt: Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/offlineimap/accounts.py", line 450, in syncfolder
    remotefolder.syncmessagesto(localfolder, statusfolder)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/offlineimap/folder/Base.py", line 549, in syncmessagesto
    action(dstfolder, statusfolder)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/offlineimap/folder/Base.py", line 484, in syncmessagesto_flags
    addflags = selfflags - statusflags
TypeError: unsupported operand type(s) for -: 'list' and 'set'

  unsupported operand type(s) for -: 'list' and 'set'
ERROR: Syncing folder bandsintown [acc: FreeOffline]
  unsupported operand type(s) for -: 'list' and 'set'

  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/offlineimap/folder/Base.py", line 549, in syncmessagesto
    action(dstfolder, statusfolder)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/offlineimap/folder/Base.py", line 484, in syncmessagesto_flags
    addflags = selfflags - statusflags
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

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Zed | 4 Nov 05:18 2015

Duplicated RSS articles often appear

I subscribed some nnrss feeds, but some of them always report 'new'
articles available but a number of them turned out to be the one I've just
read. Is there a way to get rid of the duplicated articles in RSS?

I also observe that for some rss feeds which update articles less often
don't have such a problem.



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David Hume | 29 Oct 19:14 2015

Gnus Article Transate with Babel.el: Does it work?

I am trying to use gnus translate, i.e. f10 article transate. I got
babel.el from


but it seems to just hang.

I have tried some other versions but none has worked so far. Is this now
Julien Cubizolles | 22 Oct 18:36 2015

Trouble setting up Gnus + OfflineIMAP + dovecot

Following the examples provided on this list, I've setup Gnus to use a
maildir populated by OfflineIMAP as follows:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
(setq gnus-secondary-select-methods
	(nnimap "FreeOffline"
		(nnimap-stream shell)
		(nnimap-shell-program "/usr/lib/dovecot/imap -o mail_location=maildir:$HOME/Maildir-free")
	(nnimap "GmailOffline"
		(nnimap-stream shell)
		(nnimap-shell-program "/usr/lib/dovecot/imap -o mail_location=maildir:$HOME/Maildir-gmail")
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

I've also some other nnimap backends (the ones actually synced by
OfflineIMAP until I make the final swith), some nntp.

I can Browse the GmailOffline server, which contains only one folder
named "INBOX" (I've only synced this one so far) but Gnus complains that
it cannot access it.

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
Debugger entered--Lisp error: (error "Couldn’t enter nnimap+GmailOffline:INBOX")
  signal(error ("Couldn’t enter nnimap+GmailOffline:INBOX"))
  error("Couldn't enter %s" "nnimap+GmailOffline:INBOX")
  gnus-browse-read-group(no nil)
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Random832 | 21 Oct 18:11 2015

newsrc files

Is there a way to use .newsrc files [to share read information with
other newsreaders] with secondary selection methods? The documentation
makes a mention of ".newsrc-SERVER" files but gnus doesn't appear to
pick up or write these.

cseberino | 19 Oct 01:40 2015

Re: Problem trying to get new email every 10 minutes automatically

> What is your Gnus version?

What ever comes standard with Emacs24 (Ubuntu 14.04 distro package).

Jochen Hein | 18 Oct 20:20 2015

GSSAPI and Gnus

I'm using Gnus m0-13 and have switched my IMAP server (cyrus) to use
GSSAPI/kerberos. My Identity Server is freeipa.

I've searched in the archives and found

The patch has not been applied and I didn't get something running or
some useful debug output. Has someone GSSAPI working with current Gnus?



The only problem with troubleshooting is that the trouble shoots back.