Tom's Gravity Pages
If you are a new user I am not implying that you need these rules. I am presenting them for illustration purposes only. Some I use regularly, others I developed to help someone do something and I did not test them very thoroughly.
Some of these examples may seem pointless or trivial, but I have included them anyway. Maybe they will demonstrate something that you didn't know you could do before. Creating rules is straight forward. After you see a few rules you will realize how simple they are.
|You may notice that I use 'T' to tag articles, as a user flag. This will NOT work where you are saving bodies (you can't tag an article that already has a local body).|
|You can use %s, the user input condition, as a regular expression. You can also combine it with other conditions.|
These are presented in Gravity's text script format and are not formatted with kewl HTML yet. Some may be outdated but I keep them around for more examples. Go to Old Rules.
From a Usenet request. This is an example rule condition to delete, or mark as read, an article which does NOT contain .jpg in the subject, or contains less than 300, or greater than 3400 lines. In other words, it leaves you with .jpgs between 300 and 3400 lines.
Subject does not contain ".jpg" Or Lines > 3400 Or ( Not Lines > 300 )
You can use any combination of the actions I have shown (or throw in more). I used to include the message box (show alert) but found it a little tedious to keep dismissing the boxes. You might like it. I have also included my email address to show my own posts but you don't have to.
NOTE: If your news server changes the article IDs, the "article is reply to my message" rule condition does not work. Also be sure that you letting Gravity assign the article ID under Server - Properties - Posting. The box should be checked.
From contains "email@example.com" Or In reply to my message
Play a sound (select a .wav) Mark as Important Add 2 to article's score
If you get a lot of replies you might want to increase the number of article IDs to keep in Global Options, Posting. Also, you need to have score colors defined for the scoring to have any effect.
Here is a way to search for a specific Message-ID. Note that the header must be present on your drive. Make a rule with this condition:
Header contains "%s"
For an action have it tag the article or whatever. Then run the rule manually, paste in the ID and find it with the tag (the tagged article filter can help). (If you are storing local bodies then use something other than tag, like mark important). After the initial rule is set up the method is not really that involved.
I keep a rule like this around anyway for searching articles because it looks in 'from' and 'subject' and 'ID.'
These 2 rules are for those users who like to retrieve and store article bodies. But I suppose they could be applied to on-line reading. They are useful for filtering out large articles, like HTML or binary posts in discussion groups. You set the threshold value based on number of article lines. Method 1 totally discards (deletes) the article during download. You will never see it. Method 2 will allow you to get the header but not the body while continuing to fetch the smaller articles. The difference is that the header is available to view the subject.
If you are worried about deleting an FAQ you can specify that in the rule conditions. Also, did you know you can set storage options for each group individually, under newsgroup properties?
Make sure you are not applying Method 1 to binary groups (or you won't have any left)!
METHOD 1: Assumes you are set to retrieve and store all bodies locally.
Make a rule:
lines > xxx
Apply to incoming and ONLY the group(s) in question or you will delete
all your binaries, if it matters. With this method you will never see
|You might be tempted to use "mark article as read" for a rule action. That is ok but note that if you have Gravity set to retrieve and store ALL bodies you will fetch the body anyway which seems to be defeating our purpose. However, discard will not fetch the body.|
METHOD 2: First, set the group or global storage options to NOT store bodies.
Create a rule for this group or all applicable groups and apply to incoming.
NOT Lines > xxx
Method 2 is also nice for applying to certain groups only. Lets say you want to connect and get headers for all groups and just bodies for special groups. Just set this rule to apply only to select groups and you don't have to worry about getting stuck retrieving a large article.
You can easily create a running archive of articles posted by an author (or any rule condition[s] you can dream up). I used to keep one of all of Tony's (MicroPlanet) posts. Apply the rule for the desired group(s) and enable for incoming. Make a different rule for each archive you want to keep. Just remember you have these text files or you may find they have grown very large over time.
Here is another tip: I think the headers that are stored in the text file are the same ones visible in the article pane, so if you want include other headers, simply add them to the article view.
From contains "@microplanet.com "Actions:
Append to file: D:\Document\notes\gravity\tony.txt Mark as Unread Mark as Protected Fetch Body
The last two actions are optional and somewhat redundant but are nice if you want to view the posts within Gravity rather than a text file.
This rule should add any thread started by the specified author(s) to the ignore list. Let me warn you that it may have side-effects if the bozo author makes a followup and renames the thread. The rest of the thread may be ignored from that point onward. If you use something like this in a group with very long threads you should check periodically with the all articles filter to make sure this hasn't happened. In groups with typically short threads it shouldn't be a problem.
From contains reg. expr. "firstname.lastname@example.org" And Subject does not contain reg. expr. "<0>(re: )"
1. Mark article read
2. Add to the ignore list
If a subject contains re: , it is a usually a follow up. So, if it is not present in subject we can assume it is a thread started by so and so (except see the warning above). You can easily modify this one rule to include several authors by separating the authors with the pipe (vertical slash) in a regular expression.
From contains reg. expr. "author1@domain|author2@email@example.com"
This solution is to actually subscribe to the offending group(s) (i.e. alt.flame), create a rule that marks everything read in alt.flame and let Gravity's cross post management mark them read in your regular groups.
As a pre-requisite, make sure "include cross post data" is checked under server properties.
Also, make sure that the rule to mark all articles read in alt.flame is applied only to alt.flame (under the rules general tab; applies to specific group). The rule condition for alt.flame would be:
No conditions -- always true
Of course this method requires some additional disk space and download time. You might want to over ride purge settings for the dummy groups to something very short. You can also nickname the dummy groups so they appear at the end of your newsgroup list and are out of the way.
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply a rule like this automatically to incoming articles based on special criteria (maybe like in reply to your articles, or from a special author). Or, I apply it manually. I tag the article and run the rule manually. In this case the rule condition is; tagged for download. The actions would be
forward to (email recipient or list)You might also need to include
retrieve article bodyI think older versions of Gravity required the fetch body condition for forward to work so, to be safe, you should include it.
Note that rule order is important in this case. Your Important Word rule(s) would come first, next is ignore thread, next would be a rule something like described below. This rule MUST follow the Ignore thread rule. Otherwise the Ignore thread will mark them as read.
Conditions:In an ignored thread And Marked as importantAction:Mark as Unread
Make sure to enable it for incoming.
RULE: Filters out some SPAM ACTIONS: Marks read COMMENTS: The last line contains a curious regular expression which targets any subject line not containing a lower case letter, or response to a subject line with all caps. (Thanks to Paul Neubauer) The two previous regular expressions target subjects with FREE and MONEY (all caps). rule = kill money enabled = Yes allgroups = No begin groups alt.msdos.batch alt.usenet.offline-reader comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows comp.os.linux.questions comp.os.msdos.djgpp comp.os.ms-windows.win95.misc MediaOne.surfboard news.software.readers end groups begin condition Subject contains "$" Or Cross-posted to > 5 groups Or Subject contains reg. expr. "[F][R][E][E]" Or Subject contains reg. expr. "[M][O][N][E][Y]" Or Subject contains reg. expr. "<0>(R[eE]: )*[^a-z]*<~0>" end condition begin actions markAsRead end actions end rule ------------------------------------- RULE: Filter our HipCrime's reposts ACTION: Marks them read COMMENTS: Hipcrime's reposts always started with REPOST (all caps) The regular expression specifies that the subject starts with REPOST at the beginning of the line followed by a colon and one or more spaces. rule = Nuke HipCrime enabled = No allgroups = No begin groups alt.usenet.offline-reader news.software.readers end groups begin condition Subject contains reg. expr. "<0>([R][E][P][O][S][T]): +" end condition begin actions markAsRead end actions end rule ------------------------------------- RULE: Filters out NAMBA ACTION: Marks them read COMMENTS: I used this temporarily while NAMBA was doing their thing. The only consistent thing I could find with their posts were that they were cross posted to 4 groups. Every now and then you may hit an innocent post but usually posts in NSR are only posted to 1 or 2 groups. rule = kill NAMBA enabled = No allgroups = No begin groups news.software.readers end groups begin condition Cross-posted to > 3 groups end condition begin actions markAsRead end actions end rule ------------------------------------- RULE: Forward an article to my work email account. ACTIONS: Mail COMMENTS: No need for floppies send it right to work. Run manually. rule = Forward to Work enabled = No allgroups = No begin groups MediaOne.test end groups begin condition Marked as tagged for download end condition begin actions forwardTo email@example.com markAsRead fetchBody end actions end rule ------------------------------------- RULE: Marks movies (avi, rm, mpeg, mpg) ACTION: NA COMMENTS: This is a rule condition only. I included it to show the regular expression. To find file extensions include the dot (period) but it must be "escaped" with the backslash (only in regular expressions). The reason is the dot has a special meaning. The vertical "pipe" symbol acts as an OR condition. Subject contains reg. expr. "\.avi|\.mpg|\.rm|\.mpeg" The equivalent way to do this without reg expressions is ... Subject contains ".avi" Or Subject contains ".rm" Or Subject contains ".mpg" ------------------------------------ RULE: Marks old articles read, keeps new ones ACTION: Marks read COMMENTS: Every now and then one of those large groups gets loaded with 3 or 4 thousand unread articles. This catches up. by marking the older posts read. Run manually. rule = Article catchup 3 day enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition Posted > 3 days ago And Marked as unread end condition begin actions markAsRead end actions end rule -------------------------------------- RULE: Condition to hit two line articles. ACTION: NA COMMENTS: Will hit articles containing exactly two lines. begin condition Lines > 1 And Not Lines > 2 ------------------------------------ RULE: Will delete selected articles or, if only one is selected every article in the group will be deleted. COMMENTS:Kind of like a super catchup. Obviously, there is some inherent danger in using this rule. rule = b-delete enabled = No allgroups = No begin groups MediaOne.test end groups begin condition end condition begin actions discard end actions end rule ------------------------------------- RULE: A test rule condition to search article IDs ACTIONS: NA COMMENTS: Article IDs are appended with strings from posting hosts. This is just an example of how you could find posts from a particular ISP or host. begin condition Header contains reg. expr. "nnrp1\.dejanews\.com" NOTE: Deja News or other ISPs may have more than one server. If so, use the period as a wild card or specify a list something like this. For reg expressions. "nnrp.\.dejanews\.com" OR "nnrp[0-9]\.dejanews\.com" ------------------------------------- RULE: Delete small binaries or articles ACTION: Discards COMMENTS: For those special binary moments rule = clean lines < 700 enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition Not Lines > 700 end condition begin actions discard end actions end rule ***************************************** USING %s Here are four examples of how to use a user-specified string in rules. All are run manually. I do not show it but you enter %s as a regular expression, or combine it with other rule conditions. ***************************************** Example 1. This one uses your phrase to search Subject and add 3 to the score. rule = search enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition Subject contains "%s" end condition begin actions addToScore 3 end actions end rule ------------------------------------ Example 2. Similar to Example 1 but searches "From" and tags the article for download. rule = User specified author enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition From contains "%s" end condition begin actions tag end actions end rule ------------------------------------- Example 3. This one is a little more interesting because it demonstrates an often overlooked rule condition, or the Header. Searches the header (from, subject, Article ID) and tags the articles. rule = User specified header enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition Header contains "%s" end condition begin actions tag end actions end rule ------------------------------------ Example 4. This rule deletes everything in a group except what is specified. rule = deleteexcept enabled = No allgroups = Yes begin groups end groups begin condition Subject does not contain "%s" end condition begin actions discard end actions end rule
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