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From: Eric Abrahamsen <>
Subject: Re: I want to expire some even if unread
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2020 14:42:31 -0700
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David Rogers <> writes:

> Eric S Fraga <> writes:
>> On Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 at 02:35,
>> wrote:
>>> The manual states more than once that
>>> gnus-auto-expirable-newsgroups
>>> only expires messages that have been read; my question is about
>>> expiring *all* messages, even the unread ones, when they get old.
>>> If
>>> gnus-auto-expirable-newsgroups can be made to expire both read and
>>> unread together, then that's great. (but please tell me how)
>> I use "M H" and "M h" (selective catch-up, sorting the group by
>> date,
>> say) all the time to catch up many articles without reading them.
>> My
>> understanding is that these are then marked as having been read and,
>> with the setting that others have noted, will then participate in
>> the
>> expiry process.
> That makes sense. And the responses so far are tending to indicate to
> me that the answer to my question is essentially "No, Gnus won't do
> what you're asking about, try something different". Does that seem
> accurate? (since my question was specifically about deleting old
> unread messages automatically, with zero need for intervention)

Yes, in general Gnus tries very hard not to touch your unread messages.
There's `gnus-auto-expirable-marks', but of course you can't select for
_absence_ of a mark. As indicated by the other responses, your best bet
is probably just to make it more convenient/speedy to mark messages as


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Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-06-13  0:36 David Rogers
2020-06-13  7:19 ` Gijs Hillenius
2020-06-13  9:35   ` davidandrewrogers
2020-06-13  9:56     ` Gijs Hillenius
2020-06-13 16:26     ` Eric S Fraga
2020-06-13 19:57       ` David Rogers
2020-06-13 21:42         ` Eric Abrahamsen [this message]
2020-06-14  5:47           ` Andrew Cohen
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2020-06-18 23:03           ` David Rogers
2020-06-18 23:07           ` David Rogers

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