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Gnus scans thousands of groups on the news server upon startup. How do I restrict it to only my subscribed groups?

Edit: This happens despite having set gnus-default-subscribed-newsgroups to true in my .gnus.el file. I have also set gnus-check-new-newsgroups to nil to no avail. I am using Emacs 27.1.

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    Have you looked through (info "(gnus) New Groups") and its subnodes? – Basil Dec 13 '20 at 0:35
  • Why don't you submit a bug report that provides more details of your setup/server with M-x gnus-bug RET? – Basil Dec 14 '20 at 17:19
  • gnus-default-subscribed-newsgroups should not have any effect. Because this variable is not documented anywhere. – Pankaj Jangid Dec 18 '20 at 10:53
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    In the group buffer, type "A u" to see your list of subscribed groups. It could be that you have subscribed to thousands without realising it? – éric Dec 24 '20 at 12:09
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Gnus scans only subscribed groups on startup. To find new groups you will have to explicitly invoke gnus-group-find-new-groups which has a keybinding F in the Group-buffer.

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  • This is not happening in my case. Upon startup, gnus scans all the thousands of newsgroups on the server. – Nemo Dec 14 '20 at 16:54
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    Are you sure those groups are not subscribed. Because the groups which have no new messages also doesn't appear in the group buffer but they are scanned. – Pankaj Jangid Dec 16 '20 at 8:40
  • Have you played with Group Levels recently? Read about it in Gnus Manual. – Pankaj Jangid Dec 18 '20 at 10:51

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