Stupid Gmail Hacks for Gnus

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1 Stupid Gmail Hacks for Gnus

I won’t go into how to make Gmail work with Gnus as there are plenty of references already on the web. Here are three different hacks to make life easier once you get it all working.

;; Some stupid Gmail hacks to make it play nicer with Gnus (in my
;; opinion).

;; Please load these AFTER you have loaded and initialized BOTH gnus
;; and org-mode (if you use org-mode, but of course you do). Load with
;; (load-library "/path/to/file/gnus-gmail-archive.el") or .elc if you
;; run byte compiled, which I generally do.


;; First stupid Gmail hack: additional keybindings to move Gmail
;; messages around easily.

;; Reading an email in Gnus doesn't move it from the INBOX, by design.
;; Mail needs to be moved, not just read, to get it out of the Gmail
;; INBOX. Archiving moves it to "All Mail" (even though it's already
;; there, which is kind of silly but that's how it works). Moving to
;; Spam or Trash work as expected; the article moves out of INBOX
;; /and/ 'All Mail'.  You can also move something /to/ INBOX, say from
;; Spam or Trash in case of false positives. But moving from 'All
;; Mail' to INBOX doesn't delete the mail from 'All Mail'. It's the
;; Gmail way.

;; To use these, just put the cursor on the mail you want to move (in
;; the group summary). Alternatively, process mark a selection of
;; mails (with '#') to have them all moved at once (to the same place,
;; of course).

;; Of course you can do these things with Gnus B-m (bulk move) but it
;; requires more typing. This way is very fast.

;; To see the effects you will have to sync back with Gmail by using
;; the 'g' command in the Group buffer.

;; Another feature "missing" in gnus is the ability to reply to
;; something that came in from gmail, and simultaneously send the
;; reply and archive the received mail. Ctrl-c d will do that
;; here. It's not completely robust as currently coded, but it works.

;; USAGE: prefix v (reserved by gnus for user stuff?) then
;; a=archive (to 'all mail')
;; A=archive all (to 'all mail')
;; s=spam
;; S=mark all articles as spam and move to Spam
;; t=trash
;; T=trash all articles
;; i=inbox (move something back to INBOX)
;; e=empty spam or trash (delete all); only in Spam or Trash groups
;; ctrl-c d (no 'v' prefix) send reply and archive parent

;; Archive.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "va" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/All Mail" nil)))
;; Archive all.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vA"
    (lambda () (interactive)
      (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/All Mail" nil)))
;; Spam.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vs" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/Spam" nil)))
;; Spam all.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vS" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/Spam" nil)))
;; Trash.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vt" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/Trash" nil)))
;; Trash all.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vT" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/Trash" nil)))
;; Move to INBOX.
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "vi" 
     (lambda () (interactive)
         (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:INBOX" nil)))
;; Delete ('empty') all spam or trash.  We verify that variable
;; "gnus-summary-buffer" contains [Gmail]/Spam or [Gmail]/Trash.
;; (Or "reviews" for my local use.)
  (define-key gnus-summary-mode-map "ve"
     (lambda () (interactive)
       (if (or  (string-match "\\[Gmail\\]/Trash" (format "%s" gnus-summary-buffer))
             (string-match "\\[Gmail\\]/Spam" (format "%s" gnus-summary-buffer))
             (string-match "reviews" (format "%s" gnus-summary-buffer)) )
         (message "Valid only in Spam or Trash groups")

;; Reply to email, archive parent.
  (define-key message-mode-map "\C-cd"
     (lambda () (interactive)
;; Sending has to be done as below, as orgtbl might be active in
;; message mode.
       (call-interactively (key-binding "\C-c\C-c"))

;; This assumes we started with a message reply originated by typing
;; 'r' or 'R' in a summary buffer. There's no way to check that
;; specifically, but the buffer name should contain "*Summary" at
;; least.

       (if (string-match "*Summary" (buffer-name))
           (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/All Mail" nil)
           (message "Sent and archived")
         (message "Sent but cannot archive, not in a summary buffer")


;; Second stupid gmail hack: save drafts in Gmail draft folder,
;; not in local draft folder.

;; We don't do this directly. Instead, after a gnus draft is saved
;; with (say) C-c C-d then we run this to move the draft (and any
;; others that might still be there) out of local and into Gmail.

(defun gmail-move-drafts ()
  "Move all local drafts to Gmail draft folder"

  ;; Better than 'let' for debugging.
  (defvar gmail-draft-saved-hooks)

  ;; This avoids an error when using the gnus registry.
  ;; It is not ideal. Is there a better way?
  (setq gmail-draft-saved-hooks gnus-summary-article-move-hook)
  (setq gnus-summary-article-move-hook nil)

  ;; The long way around. If there is a group buffer go there.
  ;; If there is a draft folder, go there. (There ought to be but...)
  ;; Mark all the draft messages.
  ;; Move them to Gmail.
  ;; Be /sure/ to exit the summary buffer!
  ;; Return to the buffer from whence we came.
  ;; Restore the hooks.
  (if (get-buffer "*Group*")
      (with-current-buffer "*Group*"
	 (if (gnus-group-goto-group "nndraft:drafts" t)
	       (if (or (gnus-group-select-group) (gnus-topic-select-group))
		      (gnus-summary-move-article nil "nnimap+gmail:[Gmail]/Drafts" nil)
  (setq gnus-summary-article-move-hook gmail-draft-saved-hooks))

;; Make our function run after saving a draft.
(advice-add 'message-dont-send :after #'gmail-move-drafts)


;; Third stupid Gmail hack: fix INBOX org links to always point to All
;; Mail so that the links stay valid when mail is archived. The issue
;; is that links made from INBOX would become invalid when mail is
;; filed (archived) in another folder. Gmail always has everything in
;; All Mail, regardless of other folder designations.

;; We do this by advising the org-gnus function that makes gnus mail
;; links, and changing INBOX to [Gmail]/All Mail.

(defun changegroupinemaillink (args)
  (setcar args
	   "[Gmail]/All Mail" (car args)))

(advice-add 'org-gnus-article-link :filter-args #'changegroupinemaillink)

Author: Bob Newell


Created: 2018-03-07 Wed 14:03