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Re: How to use rmail.el on windows

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: How to use rmail.el on windows
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:45:53 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.4 (gnu/linux)

张军峰 wrote:

> I use emacs 25.1 on windows 7, I want to use
> rmail to read mail in。I set
> rmail-inbox-list:
> pop://hengaini2055:address@hidden:995。M-x
> rmail,I get the error info as follows:
> movemail: Error connecting to POP server: Could
> not determine POP server's address
>    Thank you! Any reply is welcome.

To set up Rmail with POP is easy - probably you
will find a code snippet here [1] and just fill
in the details. (The details are the servers
stated when you got a paper from your ISP.)

However on that page, there is also this quote
by RMS:

    Rmail is the primary Emacs mail-reader.
    I don't know how many people currently use
    it, but I will ignore any suggestion to
    treat it as unimportant.

This quote isn't good. It is said in a context
of "who uses Emacs to do mail?" (pseudo-quote).
In this context, I agree to the spirit of the
quote, i.e. the capabilities to do so are
important and only complete morons would argue.
However the exact phrasing - "primary
mail-reader" - why is it "primary"? It isn't.
Gnus is also installed by default and it is
a hundred times more powerful than Rmail (more
powerful in terms of technology). So as any
advice is welcome, my is: don't use Rmail,
use Gnus.


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