Rostyslaw Lewyckyj wrote:
Chris Ilias wrote:
On 2/23/09 4:29 PM, _Rostyslaw Lewyckyj_ spoke thusly:
Peter Potamus the Purple Hippo wrote:
Rostyslaw Lewyckyj wrote:
O.k. Let me pose the problem in a different way :-)
How does the action and result of news://server/newsgroup?list-ids
differ from the action of deleting newsgroup.msf and then selecting
newsgroup from/on the newsgroup pane?
Which files on the news reading client are affected by each of the
procedures?

when you remove the .msf file, then you're basically starting all over. You've sort of removed the list

And?
When you do a list-ids you update the list
So how does the end result differ? _In_detail_  :-)


"list-ids" removes headers you have stored in your MSF file, that are no longer on the server. The result is that expired/removed messages are no longer in the list of newsgroup messages. Anything else is kept in tact.

Removing the MSF removes all headers you have stored, including their flags, tags, watch status, except for read/unread status.

O.k! So to confirm!
Only the flags, _because_ they are stored in the .msf, and no other
files are touched in either case.
The read/unread status is unchanged because that is kept in the record
for the newsgroup in the .rc file, and the .rc file is not updated
by either action.
Thanks for confirming my thinking, so far. But
What happens to the headers and bodies of articles that have been
downloaded for off-line reading IF:
1) these have not expired on the local machine, (because of the way
you set the local retention time, in mail&newsgroup account|offline&
disk space|to recover disk save space may delete after xx days)
2) in the meantime they have expired on the server
3a) you either run news://.../...list-ids  or
3b) delete the .msf file



If you are reading offline, the expiry time of the server makes no difference, the messages (bodies) will remain on your computer until your settings (as to disk space etc) dictate, or you trash them.

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