November 2, 2011

Making Gnus archive sent mail to an IMAP folder

Posted in Emacs, Gnus, Linux at 17:30 by theBlackDragon

Earlier searches lead me to believe that storing sent mail on an IMAP folder was not feasible with Gnus.

So I was pleasantly surprised that setting:

; Store sent mail in a server IMAP folder on a per year basis
(setq gnus-message-archive-group
      (format-time-string "nnimap+superbia:INBOX.Sent.%Y"))

just worked(tm)

Where “superbia” is the name of my IMAP server in my Gnus config.

Performance seems OK so far, so we’ll see how it turns out in the long run.

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June 7, 2011

ssmtp and aliasing the TO-address

Posted in Gentoo, Linux, Techie stuff at 21:40 by theBlackDragon

I ran into a rather annoying problem today, Gentoo had pulled in ssmtp and it had started to send out mails, but since root@localhost didn’t really go anywhere everything got sent to my host’s support address, which they weren’t very happy about (sorry).

My setup up to then had been using nailx (portage: mail-client/nail) as a mailx replacement since it supports sending mails straight to an SMTP server but since I already had ssmtp now (which I didn’t know about when I set this up) I figured I’d try setting that up correctly so I could finally be rid of the dead.letter files in my homedirectories. Setting up ssmtp to send mail to an smtp server proved fairly trivial, however aliasing “root” to something more useful proved a bit harder, or rather, the information on how excatly to go about it proved to be fairly hard to find at least if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

My first intuition was to use ssmtp’s revaliases, unfortunatley that doesn’t quite work as it aliases the from-address, not the to-address. A bit of Googling later I found out about /etc/mail/aliases but that file isn’t supported by ssmtp at all (although it oddly is present on my system).

In the end it turned out I needed to use mailx (portage: mail-client/mailx) instead of nailx to provide the mail program so I then could edit /etc/mail.rc like this:
alias root root<root@myremoteaddress.be>
This of course also works for accounts other than root and it seems to work just fine. I’m sure the nice folks at Benesol will be able to appreciate it.

September 15, 2010

Clementine: Amarok 1.4 continued

Posted in Amarok, Clementine, Linux at 19:17 by theBlackDragon

So I stumbled over this post on the LinuxJournal website today about Clementine a project that is porting Amarok 1.4’s functionality to QT4. I’ve always loved Amarok 1.4’s user interface and now there is even a stable Windows version available, something Amarok 2 has unfortunately been sorely lacking thus far.

Even though Clementine is only at version 0.4, the most important functions are there already, the only things I really noticed that was missing were the playcount and last played fields in the playlist window and the ablity to display the track number in the library view.

June 3, 2007

GNU Emacs 22.1 released!

Posted in Emacs, Linux, Techie stuff at 11:26 by theBlackDragon

This morning I check in on #fvwm and the first thing I notice is the following:

03/06|01:03:06 < Hun> theBlackDragon: aaaaaaaaaaah!
03/06|01:03:13 < Hun> e22 has been released!

So I run off to the Emacs homepage, but nothing to be found about a new release. Hmm.
So what can you do? Check usenet of course, and sure enough on gnu.emacs.devel (e-mail addresses removed for obvious reasons):

From: David Kastrup <*@*>
 Subject: Re: Cygwin binaries for Emacs-22.1 released!
 Newsgroups: gmane.emacs.devel
 To: Angelo Graziosi <*@*>
 Cc: emacs-devel@gnu.org
 Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2007 21:18:05 +0200
Angelo Graziosi <*@*> writes:
> Cygwin binaries for 22.1 release here:
 >
 >    http://www.webalice.it/angelo.graziosi/Emacs.html
I was going to mouth off about premature announcements and being
 careless about release numbers, but checking on the ftp server have
 found that the tarball for Emacs 22.1 has been uploaded.
Did I miss the announcement on this list?
--
 David Kastrup

And sure enough, there it was, on the GNU FTP server, all shiny and new: an Emacs 22.1 tarball, the changes from 21.x are a little bit too numerous to sum up here, I’d say just upgrade or read the ChangeLog.

May 18, 2007

Pidgin doesn’t fly very high…

Posted in Linux at 23:22 by theBlackDragon

So I installed Pidgin (formerly known as Gaim) today and I noticed that the protocol Icons were gone. All users from all IM services now have the same icon.

Despite users listing a bunch of good reasons in a bug posted because of the removal of this feature they keep on getting asked the question “but why do you need it?”, talk about being thick skulled (see for yourself). They also closed the bug from further comments and a bug that was later opened to request for re-adding of protocol icons got closed as a duplicate of a bug on which people could no longer comment (but which just got re-opened I noticed).

I must say I was quite shocked by the reaction of the Pidgin developers (or some of them at least) and their total lack of trying to see the points being made.

But that’s not all, in the ChangeLog they also managed to trample the feet of Slackware developers and users (see this mailinglist post).

I really don’t get it, I thought Free and Open Source software were a community effort and feedback of the users was essential in this effort, but instead they choose to ignore their users in such a harsh way, it’s good to see that they have reopened bug #1108 as to at least allow some form of discussion, but the single mindedness of some of their developers is quite disturbing. It’s like they don’t want to see the points being made and keep on replying the same over and over again.

The attack on Slackware was totally unwarranted and very low to the ground in my humble opinion and worthy of an apoligy if you ask me.

I really hope they manage to rectify these issues as I really liked Gaim as an application, but given these recent events my faith in the project has sustained quite a dent…