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When you run M-x gnus it first fetches all mail and news and only then opens group list. I want it to start without downloading mail, just open the group list right away. I skimmed through info manual, tried different commands starting with gnus-, scroogled - found nothing.

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start gnus with unplugged.

(setq gnus-plugged nil)

you might want to read about gnus Agent

Quick hint: J j to toggle gnus plugging.

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gnus-no-server worked too for me. – Mirzhan Irkegulov Mar 25 '12 at 7:49

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