Uday S Reddy | 25 May 14:37 2010

Fwd: Announcing VM Mail Reader, version 8.1.1

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Subject: Announcing VM Mail Reader, version 8.1.1
Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 16:04:06 +0100
From: Uday S Reddy <uDOTsDOTreddy <at> cs.bham.ac.uk>
Organization: Janet Usenet Reading Service.
Newsgroups: comp.emacs,gnu.emacs.help,comp.emacs.xemacs
Followup-To: gnu.emacs.vm.info

The VM Mail Reader version 8.1.1 has been released and is available for download from its Savannah home:


For people that might not have heard of VM before, VM is one of the oldest mail readers developed for Emacs. 
Created by Kyle Jones starting in 1989, it is the main mail reader in XEmacs.  It supports the old RMAIL mail
format of Gnu Emacs, as well as the Unix mbox formats used by Thunderbird and other mail clients.  So, it is
quite normal and convenient to switch back and forth between VM and other mail clients.

Kyle's involvement with VM tapered off around 2003 and VM got handed over to the user community for
maintenance.  Robert Widhopf-Fenk was in charge of it till around 2008, and Ulrich Mueller and I joined the
team in late 2009.

The 8.1.x series of VM incorporates about 2 years worth of development, possibly even more.  The main new
features include full support for IMAP servers, integration with Emacs/W3M for reading HTML email,
inter-operation with Thunderbird, and clean support for international character sets (which took
quite some time to get right).  Active development of VM continues.

VM is not included in Gnu Emacs distribution due to copyright issues, but it is included in XEmacs, Debian,
Fedora and FreeBSD distributions.  However, these distributions would be a couple of versions behind.  Go
to the VM home page for the latest stable releases.
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David Raleigh Arnold | 30 Apr 22:24 2007

Scrollbar Left Side -- SOLVED

Thanks for your help.  I don't know why my rant was responded
to privately but maybe the copies for the list are in the wind
someplace.  Putting this in .xemacs/init.el put the scrollbars
on the left:

(eval-expression (set-specifier scrollbar-on-left-p t))

David Raleigh Arnold | 29 Apr 15:28 2007

Scrollbar Left Side

It should be obvious that it is better to have the vertical scrollbar
on the left side, because there is more text on the left side than
the right and because it is more common to want to access the beginning
of a line than the end.  Bill Gates puts scrollbars on the right so that
the window will seem more like the page of a written book.  This makes
no sense, but it's done that way so that windows users won't be afraid.

That's fine.  Why can't I persuade xemacs to put the vertical scrollbar
on the left side, where I want it?  I can't find any option, or
documentation for one, anywhere on the xemacs web site.

There is a way with emacs, but it's not in their menus either.  daveA


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Markus.Grunwald | 9 Jan 12:45 2007

svn support for xemacs ?


Working with cvs for a long time, I am _very_ used to vc-cvs in xemacs. 
While searching the same support for svn, I found this:

http://gcc.gnu.org/wiki/SvnTricks :

"Due to divergence between xemacs's vc and emacs's vc, vc-svn doesn't work 
with xemacs. There is also psvn, which should work on xemacs, available in 
contrib/client-side/psvn in the subversion source distribution."

Is this true? I don't like psvn and I think it makes xemacs ... well... 
antiquated compared to the never IDEs like kdevelop or eclipse.

What do you use when working with xemacs und svn ?
What can _I_ do to help adding vc-svn?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Markus Grunwald

PRÜFTECHNIK Condition Monitoring GmbH
Oskar-Messter-Straße 19-21
85737 Ismaning
Tel: +49 (0)89 99616177
Fax: +49 (0)89 99616200
Markus.Grunwald | 18 Aug 11:11 2006

Local Variable "mode" ignored ?


I have some .h files which contain c++ headers. I know, they should be 
called .hh or something like that, but I can't change this.
What worked a long time for me was this footer in each of the .h files:

}; // END class someclass

# endif
// Local Variables:
// mode: c++
// End:
// EOF

Today I recognized that the .h files are no longer in c++ mode, but in c 
mode. I don't know when this happened, can be quite a while ago. What have 
I screwed up ???

Thanks !

Markus Grunwald

Markus.Grunwald | 16 Aug 09:59 2006

Selection won't go away after M-x facemenu-set-default


There is a little annoyancy when using enriched text: Usually, when I 
select some text (using Sh-up or Sh-down) and then move the cursor without 
holding shift, the selection disappears. But when I select some text, do a 
M-x facemenu-set-default or a M-x facemenu-set-foreground and then move 
the cursor (without holding any other key), the selection is still 
modified as if shift was still pressed. A Mouse click or a Left, Sh-Right, 
Left combination then clears the selection again...

Do you have any hints what's wrong there ? Is this a known behaviour or 
should I submit a bug report ?


Markus Grunwald

PRÜFTECHNIK Condition Monitoring GmbH
Oskar-Messter-Straße 19-21
85737 Ismaning
Tel: +49 (0)89 99616177
Fax: +49 (0)89 99616200

Leonard Shar | 24 Jul 20:39 2006

Terminal mode does not seem to deal with newlines "correctly"

I do M-x term
Then run /bin/csh in that terminal window.  
If I try to run (say) "less" in taht window at the end of each line of output
I get a linefeed, but no CR.  THe following line just starts at the column
position where the previous line ended.
I get similar behavior if I run vi or mutt in the window.
(The fancy terminal features of mutt seem to work OK -- it's just that the
text lines get shifted out to infinity.)

I am running xemacs 21.4 (patch 13)
When I do echo $TERM inside the terminal window it says "eterm"

Is there something special I need to do to make this work?


Markus.Grunwald | 18 Jul 11:16 2006

displaying variables in gdb mode


after a few problems, I got very much used to debug my code with M-x gdb 
in xemacs. It's just the fastest way to check a few things. But I am 
missing one feature that seems to exist in emacs ( no "x" ) gdb mode: Can 
I move the mouse over a variable and get its content displayed as "balloon 
help" or anything similar ? I don't want to always type "print 
VariableBlaBla" ...

Thanks for any help,

Markus Grunwald

PRÜFTECHNIK Condition Monitoring GmbH
Oskar-Messter-Straße 19-21
85737 Ismaning
Tel: +49 (0)89 99616177
Fax: +49 (0)89 99616200

Mohsen Owzar | 6 Jul 09:12 2006

Question about writing a macro in XEMACS

Dear all,

I do not know if I'm writing this question to the correct address or not?
If not please let me know to where I have to write next time, if I have
questions belonging to XEMACS, because I'm new in this group.

And now my question:
I use often the macro feature in XEMACS. If I want to do some actions with
some replacements (e.g. "abc" with "cde") in a text file, I do it once and
save it in a macro and rerun it by using the "excecute-last-kbd-macro" line
by line through the whole file.
If the replacements are always the same, my macro works fine. But if I
want to replace the sting "abc" with "cde1", "cde2", "cde3" ..., which means
that each time the replacement is increased by a certain value, in this case
one, how can I write my macro to achieve this replacement by using the command

Best regards
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Mike | 29 Jun 00:53 2006


I am having great difficulty getting HTML mode to work in XEmacs.  I have tried both html-helper-mode and
hm--html-menus and neither work for me.  I am running on Windows XP and my XEmacs version is 21.4.18.  If
someone could recommend a good HTML mode to implement and possibly some instructions, that would be a
great help.  It seems all of the instructions I have found on the web are geared towards Linux/UNIX and it
looks like there might be subtle differences but I don't know what they are.


Dan Bar Dov | 15 Jun 17:11 2006

Help using font-lock

I'm having a problem understanding how to use font-lock-mode 
without using any major mode.

Actually, I'm editing some text in text-mode and I'd like several 
forms to be highlighted.

I tried to set the following in my init.el, but this does not seem to work

(setq font-lock-keywords
      '(("   \\*.*" . 'font-lock-string-face)
	("---+ .*" . 'font-lock-string-face)

I do not want to write a new major mode or anything fancy, something very simple.

I'll appreciate any help