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9.2 Creating Search Groups

In the group buffer typing G G will search the group on the current line by calling gnus-group-read-ephemeral-search-group. This prompts for a query string, creates an ephemeral nnselect group containing the articles that match this query, and takes you to a summary buffer showing these articles. Articles may then be read, moved and deleted using the usual commands.

The nnselect group made in this way is ephemeral: it will disappear upon exit from the group. However changes made in the group are permanently reflected in the real groups from which the articles are drawn. If you want to create a persistent group that sticks around after exit from the summary buffer, you can call gnus-group-make-search-group (bound to G g).

So you just performed a search whose results are so fabulous you wished you had done a persistent search rather than an ephemeral one? No problem; you can create such a group by calling gnus-summary-make-group-from-search (bound to C-c C-p) from the ephemeral summary buffer.

It is occasionally convenient to view articles found through searching in their original group. You can warp (i.e., jump) to the original group for the article on the current line with A W, aka gnus-warp-to-article.

You say you want to search more than just the group on the current line? No problem: just process-mark the groups you want to search. You want even more? Initiating a search with the cursor on a topic heading will search all the groups under that topic.

Still not enough? OK, in the server buffer gnus-group-read-ephemeral-search-group (here bound to G) will search all groups from the server on the current line. Too much? Want to ignore certain groups when searching, like spam groups? Just customize gnus-search-ignored-newsgroups: groups matching this regexp will not be searched.

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