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Re: Emacs mailreader that doesn't move the spool

From: Damien Wyart
Subject: Re: Emacs mailreader that doesn't move the spool
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:33:06 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3.50

> > I've gone over the documentation for RMAIL, VM, and Gnus, and they
> > all seem to require moving your mailbox to the home directory,
> > apparently because none of them can lock the mailbox for exclusive
> > access. Emacs seems powerful enough that a kludge could probably be
> > written that puts your mailbox back the way it was every time you
> > close your mailreader, but that seems sort of ugly and unnecessary.

* Damien Wyart <address@hidden> in
> Even if what you want is not strictly possible (as far as I know),
> I see two ways of having a setup where mail would be readable by
> several MUAs:

> - having procmail or maildrop (I prefer the latter) put the mail in
>   a target your like (more convenient in $HOME but not mandatory),
>   either in mbox or maildir, and than point Gnus and Emacs to it (mutt
>   will read a Gnus nnml fine, but doing modifications might not work
>   well).

I've thought about a third way (not very elegant):

Have procmail or maildrop (or your MDA) deliver all your incoming
messages to two (or more!) spool files. That way, you could do what you
want with each MUA (even deleting messages without impacting the
others), but that's not very nice in terms of disk space and still
doesn't allow sharing (modifications on one spool will not been visible
on the other one).

IMAP (installing dovecot locally, for example) seems to be a better


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