I tried to replace gmail with gnus multiple times, but it never worked out very well. Mu4e seems the most sensible choice, but I always had issues configuring it for my gmail accounts ("Your IMAP server wants to alert you to the following: Please log in via your web browser:
http://support.google.com/mail/accounts/bing/answer.py?answer=78754 (Failure)" being the last one), but I finally got to solve them.
If you get the "Please log in via your web browser" there are 2 ways of solving it.
- As explained here, allow less secure apps, by going to your accouts settings. This may not work in your company account (if they disabled this option)
- Add an application password token. By going to your security settings. and adding a new 'application password'. You can use that token in your .offlineimaprc file.
Once the basic configuration was working, and read pretty much all the docs and blogs on the field, I quickly got annoyed by the 'dashboard' view mu4e offers. It provides exactly 0 useful info. So I got rolled up my sleeves and wrote this tiny little function to do my usual actions in mu4e:
I want to know about new mails in both my personal and corporate accounts.
(defun mnew () (interactive) (mu4e-headers-search-bookmark "flag:unread AND NOT flag:trashed AND maildir:/email@example.com/INBOX OR flag:unread AND NOT flag:trashed AND maildir:/firstname.lastname@example.org/INBOX"))
Not very nice, I know, but for now, it already provides me something I wanted and wasn't quite possible in gmail. also, I don't have to visit the mu4e 'dashboard'.
Ah!, to periodically fetch new mails, for now I'm going with elisp's timer `run-at-time'.
(run-at-time nil (* 60 5) 'mu4e-update-mail-and-index t)