Gnus Manual. Node: Picon Basics

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What are Picons? To quote directly from the Picons Web site:

Picons is short for ``personal icons''. They're small, constrained images used to represent users and domains on the net, organized into databases so that the appropriate image for a given e-mail address can be found. Besides users and domains, there are picon databases for Usenet newsgroups and weather forecasts. The picons are in either monochrome XBM format or color XPM and GIF formats.

If you have a permanent connection to the Internet you can use Steve Kinzler's Picons Search engine by setting gnus-picons-piconsearch-url to the string

Otherwise you need a local copy of his database. For instructions on obtaining and installing the picons databases, point your Web browser at
`'. Gnus expects picons to be installed into a location pointed to by gnus-picons-database.

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