I have been meaning to setup emacs for email in general, but due to the size of
my existing mailbox, setting up
mbsync for that matter) is a
daunting task. I am sure I'll do that one day. But for now, I wanted to start
small, or as Sacha Chua says "baby steps"
So I decided to setup sending an email first, and then slowly move to using
mu4e to read/search my emails.
I referenced this page to get started. But it did not work as-is.
I had to add a line (see below) to get SMTP server using ssl
Also, the line starting
smtpmail-auth-credentials didn't work.
Luckily, after adding the
ssl line, I got interactive prompt asking for
username and password. This was saved into a
~/.authinfo file. unfortunately
the password is stored in plain-text. I know there are ways to encrypt it using
gpg, just that I haven't explored it yet.
Here is the relevant part of my config
;;http://sachachua.com/notebook/wickedcool/wc-emacs-05-gnus.html (setq smtpmail-smtp-server "smtp.example.com") (setq smtpmail-stream-type 'ssl) (setq smtpmail-smtp-service 465) (setq send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it) (setq message-send-mail-function 'smtpmail-send-it)
This was the minimal setup without using any additional tools. Everything came built-in.
✔ DONE Fix the default "From" prompt.
This was achieved using the following configuration.
;;https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/SendingMail (setq user-full-name "Mandar Vaze") (setq smtpmail-local-domain "example.com") (setq user-mail-address (concat "mandar.vaze@" smtpmail-local-domain))
✔ DONE encrypt the password
emacs has ability to auto encrypt and decrypt files with
EasyPG is part of Emacs 23+, but did not work for me on OSX.
Found a solution here.
brew install gpg
I did not have to fiddle with
I already had a
.authinfo created by
gnus I just saved it as
.authinfo.gpg. I followed the prompts and was easily able to encrypt the
file on the disk.
When I sent an email, I was asked for the passphrase (as expected) that was all.
✔ DONE Read emails via emacs
This deserves a separate post in itself. There is so much explore/learn
(for me) and using
gnus in itself may take up good part of it, cause it
is unlike other email clients I have used.
But quick summary of what worked for me:
;; http://www.mostlymaths.net/2010/12/emacs-30-day-challenge-using-gnus-to.html (setq gnus-select-method '(nnimap "domain" (nnimap-address "imap.example.com") (nnimap-server-port 993) (nnimap-stream ssl)))
I also had to add a new entry in the
because the machine name is different as well as the port number.
The very first attempt failed, because I failed to notice that I was being
asked a passphrase for my
.authinfo.gpg file. But one that is provided,
it worked well.
Off course, I did not have anything unread, so I was presented with a
empty screen. So I went to the web version of the email, and marked a few
threads as unread. and now I was presented with
Navigating is a bit awkward. But to be honest, at this point I was happy that emails showed up.
It will be a while before I can start "using" emacs as a mail client. There is so much to do :
- offline IMAP
- setting up better mail client like
- integrating with
bbdbfor contacts integration
- ability to read HTML emails