If you recall how to subscribe to servers (see Finding the News)
you will remember that
gnus-select-method let you write a definition in Emacs Lisp of
what servers you want to see when you start up. The alternate
approach is to use foreign servers and groups. “Foreign” here means
they are not coming from the select methods. All foreign server
configuration and subscriptions are stored only in the
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
Changes from the group editing commands are stored in
gnus-startup-file). An alternative is the
gnus-parameters, See Group Parameters.
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 Browse Foreign Server).
Make an ephemeral group (
will prompt you for a name, a method and an address.
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.
Customize the group parameters (
Enter a buffer where you can edit the select method of the current
Enter a buffer where you can edit the group parameters
Enter a buffer where you can edit the group info
Make a directory group (see Directory Groups). You will be prompted
for the directory’s name (
Make the Gnus help group (
Read an arbitrary directory as if it were a newsgroup with the
nneething back end (
See Anything Groups.
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
you run this command without a prefix, Gnus will guess at the file
type. See Document Groups.
Create one of the groups mentioned in
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
See Web Searches.
If you use the
Make a group based on an RSS feed
gnus-group-make-rss-group). You will be prompted for an URL.
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 groups), though.
Make a new, fresh, empty
gnus-group-make-empty-virtual). See Virtual Groups.
Add the current group to an
gnus-group-add-to-virtual). Uses the process/prefix convention.
See Select Methods, for more information on the various select methods.
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 Group Levels;
gnus-activate-level also affects activation of foreign
The following commands create ephemeral groups. They can be called not only from the Group buffer, but in any Gnus buffer.
Read an Emacs bug report in an ephemeral group. Gnus will prompt for
multiple bug numbers. The default is the number at point. The
URL template is specified in
Read a Debian bug report in an ephemeral group. Analog to
Some of these command are also useful for article buttons, See Article Buttons.
Here is an example:
(require 'gnus-art) (add-to-list 'gnus-button-alist '("#\\([0-9]+\\)\\>" 1 (string-match "\\<emacs\\>" (or gnus-newsgroup-name "")) gnus-read-ephemeral-emacs-bug-group 1))