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Re: [O] [OFF TOPIC] almost giving up on emacs email..looking for advice?

From: Peter Salazar
Subject: Re: [O] [OFF TOPIC] almost giving up on emacs email..looking for advice?
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 23:13:43 -0400

Like Fabrice, I also still process my email using the Gmail web interface. The only reason I want email within Emacs is so I can compose replies in a proper editor with all my keybindings. I tried Chrome's Edit with Emacs, but it loses line breaks when it sends the output from Emacs back to Gmail. So I prefer to write replies within Emacs.

Since I only need a small fraction of my emails to go through Emacs, I set up mbsync to pull only my starred messages:

Channel gmail-starred
Master :gmail-remote:"[Gmail]/Starred" 
Slave :gmail-local:starred
Create Both
Expunge Both
SyncState *

If this is of interest to you I can share my setup. 

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 8:23 AM, Peter Davis <address@hidden> wrote:
Fabrice Popineau <address@hidden> writes:

> On this thread, I will report quite a different user experience.
> I have been a long time user of emacs and Gnus (Emacs since 1987).
> I have been using (ding) Gnus under Windows NT in the late 90's and up
> to about 2010.
> But now, I process my mail using the GMail browser interface.
> The reasons are mostly due to :
> - emacs is slow, chrome displays email more precisely and more quickly
> - emacs is not multi-threaded, hence it may get stuck processing
> stuff.
> Using the browser to process mail allows me not to be disturbed when
> I'm writing documents or programming using Emacs.
> I'll keep and eye on the solutions that have been reported here
> though.

Interesting. I use a variety of email clients, mainly browser-based ones (GMail, Fastmail), Thunderbird, and gnus. I keep gnus in
the arsenal for three main reasons:

1) I can do everything quickly without having to move my hands from the keyboard. If there isn't already a shortcut for what I want,
I can add one.

2) I need a decent editor for replies. I have not found a browser-based client that has this.

3) To bring this somewhat back on topic, I've recently discovered org capture, and I love the fact that I can capture a note with a
link to a specific email message.

That last feature alone is reason enough for me.  FWIW, I'm on a Mac, and I generally use Gnu emacs for editing, programming, etc.,
and use Aquamacs for running gnus. This avoids any latency problems, etc.


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