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11.5.3 Little Disk Space

The startup files can get rather large, so you may want to cut their sizes a bit if you are running out of space.

gnus-save-newsrc-file
If this is nil, Gnus will never save .newsrc—it will only save .newsrc.eld. This means that you will not be able to use any other newsreaders than Gnus. This variable is t by default.
gnus-read-newsrc-file
If this is nil, Gnus will never read .newsrc—it will only read .newsrc.eld. This means that you will not be able to use any other newsreaders than Gnus. This variable is t by default.
gnus-save-killed-list
If this is nil, Gnus will not save the list of dead groups. You should also set gnus-check-new-newsgroups to ask-server and gnus-check-bogus-newsgroups to nil if you set this variable to nil. This variable is t by default.