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Re: [h-e-w] EMAIL with emacs for windows

From: Sarir Khamsi
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] EMAIL with emacs for windows
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 09:35:42 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.3 (windows-nt)

"Steve Prud'Homme" <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
> my name is Steve Prud'Homme. I'm new on this list. I like emacs. It's a cool
> software and I realy like the org-mode. 
> Now i want to use email with emacs for windows. I have a gmail account(imap)
> and i don't know how to configure emacs... can you explain that to me, simply.

You have a few options for reading mail in Emacs:

 - Gnus: This is built into Emacs and there's some info on using it with
   gmail at
 - VM (View Mail): Not part of Emacs but you can get info at
 - Rmail: Built in, but I don't know if it supports IMAP.

I've used both Gnus and VM but these mail readers are not
Windows-specific. I currently use Gnus, but VM is a little easier to set
up (at least for me).

For VM, all you may need in your ~/.emacs is:

  (autoload 'vm "vm" "Start VM on your primary inbox." t)
  (autoload 'vm-other-frame "vm" "Like `vm' but starts in another frame." t)
  (autoload 'vm-visit-folder "vm" "Start VM on an arbitrary folder." t)
  (autoload 'vm-visit-virtual-folder "vm" "Visit a VM virtual folder." t)
  (autoload 'vm-mode "vm" "Run VM major mode on a buffer" t)
  (autoload 'vm-mail "vm" "Send a mail message using VM." t)
  (autoload 'vm-submit-bug-report "vm" "Send a bug report about VM." t)
  (setq vm-spool-files (list

obviously replacing yourImapHostname and yourUserName with what makes
sense for you. I pulled out what I think in the minimum to get started
but more info on VM installation and configuration is at

Hope that helps.


Sarir Khamsi
software guy

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