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Usage (Tips)

Summary Content

In the summary mode, messages are displayed like following.

  377  09/16(Wed)11:57 [+1: Takuro Kitame  ] Bug?
  381  09/17(Thu)00:16 [+3: Fujikazu Okuni ] elmo-lha.el -- LHA interface
  384  09/17(Thu)01:32 [+1: Yuuichi Terani ] wl-0.6.2
  389 N09/18(Fri)01:07 [+2: Yuuichi Terani ] wl-0.6.3

Each line displays:

Message number, Temporal mark, Persistent mark, Date, Sender, Subject

You cannot change this in the current version.

Message number is the message's unique number in the folder. In the NNTP folder, it is article number, in the IMAP folder, it is UID and in the MH folder, it is the filename of the message.

Temporal mark and Persistent mark are described later.

Date is displayed like `Month/Day(Week Day')Hour:Minute. Default setting displays week day in Japanese, but if you want to display it in English, set the value of wl-summary-weekday-name-lang as `en'.

Sender's indentation corresponds to the depth of the thread. Sender name is displayed as nickname if it is defined in the address book. Set wl-use-petname as nil, if you want to quit displaying with nickname.

If number is printed at the head of Sender part like `+2', that means the message have 2 follow messages.

Subject is the `Subject:' header field of the message. If the message have same `Subject:' with the parent message, it is not displayed. Some mailing list puts its sequence number in the `Subject:' field, but it is ignored. wl-summary-no-subject-message is displayed when the message has empty subject field.

Temporary Marks

There are four temporary marks, `*', `D', `o' and `O'. Temporary marks indicates message operations.

Target mark. You can execute a command on the all messages that have `*' mark, with the key bindings which begins with m.
The mark to delete. You can put `D' by typing d key.
The mark to refile. After you type o key, prompt appears to input refile destination. Your answer is printed in the summary line.
The mark to refile. You can put this mark by typing O key. The difference between this mark and refile mark is, this mark does not delete the message while latter does.

x key executes `D', `o' and `O' marks.

Persistent Marks

There are five persistent marks, `N', `U', `!', `u' and `$'.

The persistent mark indicates the message's status and it is saved. Each persistent mark indicates:

It is new message.
It is unread message.
It is unread but cached message.
It is read but it is not cached.
It is important message. You can put `$' mark by typing $ key (if already exists, the mark is deleted). It is convenient to put this mark on the messages to remember (If you want to remember to write a reply for the message, for example) because this mark remains after you exited Emacs. Messages with the `$' mark can be reviewed in the {'mark} folder even the message itself is deleted in the actual folder.
If the message is read and cached (or local message),there are no persistent mark.

`N', `U' and `u' indicates that the message have no cache. Messages with the marks other than these, you can read them in the offline status even they are in the IMAP folder or netnews folder.

Among messages with persistent marks, ones with marks specified by wl-summary-expire-reserve-marks are excluded from the expiration (as a function of wanderlust) explained later. See section Automatic Expiration and Archiving of Messages

How To Read

Basically, you can read messages only typing space key again and again.

To update summary status to the newest status (synchronize), type s key.

You can jump to next unread message by typing N key, and n key moves cursor to the next message. Enter message buffer by typing j key. To operate multipart, you have to enter to the message buffer. See section Message Buffer.

Pack the Message Numbers

You can pack the message numbers in Summary by M-x wl-summary-pack-number. Note that only MH Folder, News Spool Folder and Maildir Folder are supported folder types.

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