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6.4.4.3 Mail Source Customization

The following is a list of variables that influence how the mail is fetched. You would normally not need to set or change any of these variables.

mail-source-crash-box
File where mail will be stored while processing it. The default is
~/.emacs-mail-crash-box.


mail-source-delete-incoming
If non-nil, delete incoming files after handling them. If t, delete the files immediately, if nil, never delete any files. If a positive number, delete files older than number of days (the deletion will only happen when receiving new mail). You may also set mail-source-delete-incoming to nil and call mail-source-delete-old-incoming from a hook or interactively. mail-source-delete-incoming defaults to 10 in alpha Gnusae and 2 in released Gnusae. See Gnus Development.
mail-source-delete-old-incoming-confirm
If non-nil, ask for confirmation before deleting old incoming files. This variable only applies when mail-source-delete-incoming is a positive number.
mail-source-ignore-errors
If non-nil, ignore errors when reading mail from a mail source.
mail-source-directory
Directory where incoming mail source files (if any) will be stored. The default is ~/Mail/. At present, the only thing this is used for is to say where the incoming files will be stored if the variable mail-source-delete-incoming is nil or a number.
mail-source-incoming-file-prefix
Prefix for file name for storing incoming mail. The default is Incoming, in which case files will end up with names like Incoming30630D_ or Incoming298602ZD. This is really only relevant if mail-source-delete-incoming is nil or a number.
mail-source-default-file-modes
All new mail files will get this file mode. The default is #o600.
mail-source-movemail-program
If non-nil, name of program for fetching new mail. If nil, movemail in exec-directory.