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When using gnus with nnimap (IMAP access to a remote mail server) and linking gnus articles (e-mail messages) in org-mode files.

What are the pros and cons of gnus storage methods (for articles) in regard of having reliable access to articles, when there is no network connection (aka: offline mode)?

As I see there are multiple possibilities to store a gnus article on local hard disk and I can't see the implications or drawbacks of those methods.

Note: I do not care about storage or inodes usage on my local hard disk.
I do not want to use important mark for all articles.
I speak about e-mails only (no news involved, yet)

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  • I use offlineimap so all imap mail saved locally. Org can link directly to the message in gnus; available on or offline. – Jeffrey DeLeo Jul 2 '18 at 16:10
  • @JeffreyDeLeo, thanks for your comment. I tested with mbsync because I read it should be superior to offlineimap. Here I'm not really happy with external mail fetching (either periodic or via an self written elisp function), and its synchronization back to the imap server. – jue Jul 4 '18 at 21:03
  • One thing I do with mail is copy or move it to a nnfolder group, which is stored locally. For news groups, I use article caching often to save things. – Jeffrey DeLeo Jul 23 '18 at 7:43

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