Program configuration for Gnus 5.11
Note: Gnus is an extension of the "Emacs" editor system which has its own program and operation philosophy. Furthermore Gnus has probably more configuration options than all other programs together. This guide can show only the essential configuration and usage. For further settings refer to the extensive documentation included in the program and in the net.
Make the following adjustments to use our news server:
Emacs (and so Gnus) use their own style to write keyboard combination, we have adopted it for this guide:
Start emacs, e.g. by entering "
Create a new file "
In this "buffer" enter the following lines
where you enter your real name instead of
Save the file by typing "
If the access to the news server via TLS/SSL does not work for you, set
If your access to our news server is based on password authentication you can save that data permanently. To do so, open a file "
where you enter your username instead of
Save that file and protect it against unauthorized access by other users. Open a terminal window and enter the command
Storing your account information in the news reader's configuration is a potential security risk. If you are unsure, please refer to our FAQ at http://news.cis.dfn.de/faq.html#1.6.
It is not necessary to enter a password if your institution is a member of the institutional access scheme (Anwenderzulassung) and you are accessing the server from your institution's network.
If you do not save your password Gnus will ask for it if required.
Alternatively you can start Gnus via the Tools menu, then Read Net News (Gnus).
During first start Gnus retrieves the list of all groups available on our server. This may take a while.
You will see a small list of already subscribed groups. Gnus calls that list the "*Group* buffer" and shows that word in the last but one line.
To find a group you can also enter "
To unsubscribe a group hit "
Move the cursor to the group you wish to read and hit the space bar. Gnus might ask in the bottom line how many messages should be read:
You read articles by hitting the space bar. The same key will page through the article and advance to the next key. Hit "
The write an article hit "
You leave Gnus by hitting
Leave Emacs by entering "
You can start emacs within a terminal window, this is enforced by starting Emacs as "