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2.9 Foreign Groups

Below are some group mode commands for making and editing general foreign groups, as well as commands to ease the creation of a few special-purpose groups. All these commands insert the newly created groups under point---gnus-subscribe-newsgroup-method is not consulted.

G m
Make a new group (gnus-group-make-group). Gnus will prompt you for a name, a method and possibly an address. For an easier way to subscribe to NNTP groups, see section 2.14 Browse Foreign Server.

G r
Rename the current group to something else (gnus-group-rename-group). This is valid only on some groups--mail groups mostly. This command might very well be quite slow on some back ends.

G c
Customize the group parameters (gnus-group-customize).

G e
Enter a buffer where you can edit the select method of the current group (gnus-group-edit-group-method).

G p
Enter a buffer where you can edit the group parameters (gnus-group-edit-group-parameters).

Enter a buffer where you can edit the group info (gnus-group-edit-group).

G d
Make a directory group (see section 6.5.1 Directory Groups). You will be prompted for a directory name (gnus-group-make-directory-group).

G h
Make the Gnus help group (gnus-group-make-help-group).

G a
Make a Gnus archive group (gnus-group-make-archive-group). By default a group pointing to the most recent articles will be created (gnus-group-recent-archive-directory), but given a prefix, a full group will be created from gnus-group-archive-directory.

G k
Make a kiboze group. You will be prompted for a name, for a regexp to match groups to be "included" in the kiboze group, and a series of strings to match on headers (gnus-group-make-kiboze-group). See section 6.6.2 Kibozed Groups.

Read an arbitrary directory as if it were a newsgroup with the nneething back end (gnus-group-enter-directory). See section 6.5.2 Anything Groups.

G f
Make a group based on some file or other (gnus-group-make-doc-group). If you give a prefix to this command, you will be prompted for a file name and a file type. Currently supported types are babyl, mbox, digest, mmdf, news, rnews, clari-briefs, rfc934, rfc822-forward, nsmail and forward. If you run this command without a prefix, Gnus will guess at the file type. See section 6.5.3 Document Groups.

G u
Create one of the groups mentioned in gnus-useful-groups (gnus-group-make-useful-group).

G w
Make an ephemeral group based on a web search (gnus-group-make-web-group). If you give a prefix to this command, make a solid group instead. You will be prompted for the search engine type and the search string. Valid search engine types include dejanews, altavista and reference. See section 6.4.1 Web Searches.

If you use the dejanews search engine, you can limit the search to a particular group by using a match string like `~g alt.sysadmin.recovery shaving'.

This function will delete the current group (gnus-group-delete-group). If given a prefix, this function will actually delete all the articles in the group, and forcibly remove the group itself from the face of the Earth. Use a prefix only if you are absolutely sure of what you are doing. This command can't be used on read-only groups (like nntp group), though.

Make a new, fresh, empty nnvirtual group (gnus-group-make-empty-virtual). See section 6.6.1 Virtual Groups.

G v
Add the current group to an nnvirtual group (gnus-group-add-to-virtual). Uses the process/prefix convention.

See section 6. Select Methods, for more information on the various select methods.

If gnus-activate-foreign-newsgroups is a positive number, Gnus will check all foreign groups with this level or lower at startup. This might take quite a while, especially if you subscribe to lots of groups from different NNTP servers. Also see section 2.6 Group Levels; gnus-activate-level also affects activation of foreign newsgroups.

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