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  1. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    Totally off-topic, but perhaps someone knows the answer:

    On my linux box I use Pan, and I kinda like it. A couple of days ago,
    however, it got it into it's little digital brain that it would mark all
    messages as "read" as soon as it updates the headers in a newsgroup. This
    is a royal pain, as you can imagine.

    So, are there any Pan users out there who may know what setting I've
    accidentally messed up? What to look for? What to fix?

    Thanks.

    --
    Tim Wescott
    Control systems and communications consulting
    http://www.wescottdesign.com

    Need to learn how to apply control theory in your embedded system?
    "Applied Control Theory for Embedded Systems" by Tim Wescott
    Elsevier/Newnes, http://www.wescottdesign.com/actfes/actfes.html
     
  2. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    If it's any consolation Mozilla and Thunderbird does that as well at
    times. So I learned to live with that. It also blocks me from answering
    a post the instant the Internet goes down and that is a real pain.
     
  3. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    A further clue is that it only does it on some groups. Like, my favorite
    ones. Grr.

    --
    Tim Wescott
    Control systems and communications consulting
    http://www.wescottdesign.com

    Need to learn how to apply control theory in your embedded system?
    "Applied Control Theory for Embedded Systems" by Tim Wescott
    Elsevier/Newnes, http://www.wescottdesign.com/actfes/actfes.html
     
  4. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    One thing I found with Mozilla is that it exhibits that loss of indexing
    more often if the number of stored headers is large. It got a lot better
    when I set it to delete headers 30 days or older. This didn't fix the
    bug but reduced the occurrence by at least 90%. Might be worth a try.
     
  5. Fred Bartoli

    Fred Bartoli Guest

    Le Tue, 30 Oct 2007 17:16:36 +0000, Joerg a écrit:
    Tim, which version do you use?
    I'm on 0.132 and never experienced that one. Rather, another one,
    somewhat annoying too, which hides lots of the new posts. I then can make
    them appear by hitting twice the "Match Only Unread Articles" button.
    It seems also to break a lot of threads (display messages that should be
    threaded as separate articles).

    When I was under W2K, I had some annoying bugs too with thunderbird so I
    for the moment stick to pan but am still looking for a better solution.
    Anything you've tested and rejected, so that I don't waste my time with
    it?
     
  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Try "Edit/Preferences - Behavior tab - "Automatic Dwnloads" -
    uncheck "Mark group's articles read when leaving a group."

    Hope This Helps!
    Rich
     
  7. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I have 0.14.2.91, and don't have any complaints at all.
    http://pan.rebelbase.com/
    (maybe 0.132 is still some beta?)
    Slack 11.0, kernel 2.4.33.3

    Cheers!
    Rich
     
  8. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    One possibility is that the news server lost its configuration and the
    counter used to generate article numbers has been reset. If this is
    what happened, reloading the group (More Download Options, Download All
    Headers) should fix it. Alternatively, try deleting the corresponding
    ~/.pan/<server>/<group> file(s).

    [Avoid deleting the <server>.dat file except as a last resort, as you lose
    all per-group preferences, e.g. sorting order, download directory, posting
    profile, etc.]
     
  9. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    After that, most likely all messages will be flagged "unread". I guess
    that won't help Tim much here ;-)
     
  10. Tim Wescott

    Tim Wescott Guest

    That wouldn't bother me. As a matter of fact, I got impatient and deleted
    everything in my .pan directory -- all is well, except for a bit of
    rebuilding.

    --
    Tim Wescott
    Control systems and communications consulting
    http://www.wescottdesign.com

    Need to learn how to apply control theory in your embedded system?
    "Applied Control Theory for Embedded Systems" by Tim Wescott
    Elsevier/Newnes, http://www.wescottdesign.com/actfes/actfes.html
     
  11. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Under Mozilla and Netscape I had to do that about monthly. Thunderbird
    is a bit better, maybe every quarter or so. IOW a 300% improvement, in
    marketing speak ;-)
     
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