I have defined a news account to Evolution and specified a USET News server. But I cannot see or selct any newsgroups to subscribe to. When I attempt a refresh after selecting a news server in Folder Subscriptions for the News account, I get an error message: “Error while performing operation” - which is a bit like an error message which says “This is an error message”.
No newsgroups are listed so it is not possible to make any subscriptions. Is this caused by a set-up error?.
Hi, thanks for confirming that Evolution works OK - but not the way I have set things up ;(
I followed your instructions:
added an account which I called Linux News; selected ‘USENET News’ as a server type and defined my ISP’s news server address for ‘server’ on the ‘Receiving Email’ tab. List of accounts shows ‘nntp’ as the protocol for this account.
I have confirmed with my ISP’s tech support that I am using the correct server name and I have the correct spellings too! (always important and rarely achieved in my experience)
I’m still getter the ‘you have an error and you have to guess what it is’ error message.
Wise suggestion - that works just fine, once I get the correct user name for my opensuse forum login - otherwise I get an authentication error, but with a very clear error message, telling my I have an authentication error.
For my ISP news server, I don’t get a clear error message. I think I’m using an identical account configuration to that which currently works with Thunderbird on Windows. So I am a bit baffled as to which parameter or argument that I have set incorrectly.
OK, the problem is pretty much as you guessed, so many thanks for that. Cause: incorrect settings of various different renderings of the terms ‘name’, ‘account name’, ‘user name’, ‘user’ and so on. Once I stopped using names that people would use and used only ‘system’ type names (e.g “Tsortean.firstname.lastname@example.org” things worked OK - I was able to see the news groups of my ISP’s news server.
There is one usability issue though: there seems to be no way to ‘filter’ or select the newsgroup subscriptions when you have none currently selected: the total list of newsgroups (what, about 35,000 I guess ?) is presented. Paging through this lot is not practical. There is a selection mechanism within every other news client I have used.
Moreover, I’m not sure how the system is going to distinguish between subscriptions selections you have made and other newsgroups (up to the 35K limit) that you still could make.
The Evolution help file infers that this is the way you have to do it. It’s not usable, in practice.
I think I spoke too soon. It’s been my experience in everything Linux that what works ‘today’ will not necessarily work ‘tomorrow’, after a reboot.
Evolution news service is a case in point. I now find that there is no option I can set, anywhere, after some 10’s of attempts, which will get me past the 502 ‘authentication failed’ message when attempting to access the news groups and am being asked to supply an NNTP password.
In the meantime I have installed Claws Mail and tried it out on the newsgroups. I can make subscriptions OK, but I cannot see or save any jpgs from any of the binary newsgroups. All I see instead is the binary image data, not the image itself. I remember this used to be a common problem about 20 years ago but haven’t experienced it since, except with Claws Mail. I cannot seem to find the configuration parameter that will correct this. Where is it?