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This package contains a beta version of Gnus (beta because the final version is the one included in Emacs). The lisp directory contains the source lisp files, and the texi directory contains the Gnus info pages. To use Gnus you first have to unpack the files, which you've obviously done, because you are reading this. You should definitely byte-compile the source files. To do that, you can simply say "./configure && make" in this directory. Do not say "make install". I repeat, do *NOT* say "make install". If you say "make install" and then complain about things not working, I'll be very annoyed. If you say "make install" and things happen to work, that's all fine and dandy for you, but it's quite likely that it won't. If you are using XEmacs, you *must* say "./configure && make EMACS=xemacs". Then you have to tell Emacs where Gnus is. You might put something like (setq load-path (cons (expand-file-name "~/gnus-5.10.11/lisp") load-path)) (require 'gnus-load) in your .emacs file, or wherever you keep such things. To enable reading the Gnus manual, you could say something like: (require 'info) (if (featurep 'xemacs) (add-to-list 'Info-directory-list "~/gnus-5.10.11/texi/") (add-to-list 'Info-default-directory-list "~/gnus-5.10.11/texi/")) Gnus 5.10 does absolutely not work with anything older than Emacs 20.7 or XEmacs 21.1. To compile the Gnus manual, you either need a pretty new Emacs, or a pretty new version of the texinfo tools. Then you do a `M-x gnus', and everything should... uhm... it should work, but it might not. Set `debug-on-error' to t, and mail me the backtraces, or, better yet, find out why Gnus does something wrong, fix it, and send me the diffs. :-) There are four main things I want your help and input on: 1) Startup. Does everything go smoothly, and why not? 2) Any errors while you read news normally? 3) Any errors if you do anything abnormal? 4) Features you do not like, or do like, but would like to tweak a bit, and features you would like to see. Send any comments and all your bug fixes/complaints to `email@example.com'.