Re: Configuration

On Wed, 3 Mar 1999, Jules Bean wrote:

> On Tue, 2 Mar 1999 wrote:


> Message Filtering!
> Does anyone apart from me think that balsa is the wrong place to do
> message filtering?  Personally, I think message filtering is best done by
> a special-purpose app, like procmail or exim, and is possibly done
> 'upstream' at the IMAP server.  Even if you use POP, it seems to me that
> fetchmail+procmail is a neater filtering solution that balsa - why should
> we reinvent the wheel?

I decided to start working on balsa for several reasons.  One of them is
long term and involves the "ease-of-use" facilities of Linux (or lack
thereof currently).  I want to see Linux go mainstream desktop and I
believe that to accomplish that we _have_ to win over Joe User to our

I like balsa and believe that it can help in the long-term effort by being
a kind of "all-in-one" mail tool.  I'm not talking about a complete
kitchen sink setup but something along the lines of the popular Win32
tools that people are used to today.  And please, don't start the windows

Given the choice which would you prefer to setup: a mailclient which does
what you need OR mailclient+fetchmail+procmail to get what you need.  I'm
pretty sure I know what Joe User will say.

Personally, I don't want to resort to three programs to properly receive
and filter my mail.  I want to be able to crank up one app, tell it where
to get my mail, and tell it what to do with my mail.

Besides, even if we do include some kind of filtering in balsa there is no
requirement that it be used.  You can still setup fetchmail+procmail and
go that route if you want.


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