Re: [Evolution] Rules for mbox or IMAP account not applied

This behavior would be acceptable if it was accurate.

My experience with an exchange server (as opposed to POP or IMAP) is that filters are NEVER automatially 

Was it not for the fact that evo 2.12 handles exchange otherwise excellently, and my filtering needs on work 
mail are meager as opposed to personal mail (where I use kmail), this misbehavior would be a show stopper for 

-----Original Message-----

From:  Patrick O'Callaghan <poc usb ve>
Subj:  Re: [Evolution] Rules for mbox or IMAP account not applied
Date:  Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:20 pm
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To:  Philipp Frauenfelder <philipp frauenfelder-kuerner ch>
cc:  "evolution-list gnome org" <evolution-list gnome org>

This is getting to be a FAQ.

Evo only applies automatic filter rules to new messages in the Inbox
(even if you tick the option to check for new messages in other folders,
it doesn't apply filters to these).

In the case of IMAP, new messages are marked by the IMAP server with the
flag Unseen before being read for the first time. Subsequent reads of
the message are no longer considered Unseen (note that this is defined
by the IMAP RFC and is not specific to Evo). If any other mail client
(such as another Evo instance) opens a message on an IMAP server then
that message is no longer Unseen and Evo will not consider it to be new,
so will not filter it automatically.

For POP, any mail that Evo downloads will be considered new and so
filters will be applied.

I don't know the specific rules regarding messages in local spool files,
but I don't doubt they're consistent with this in some sense.

Thus the answer to "why doesn't Evo apply my filters?" usually involves
checking to see if something else is reading your mailbox.


On Sun, 2007-10-21 at 00:01 +0200, Philipp Frauenfelder wrote:

I have started to use evolution only very recently (switched from mutt).
I have several accounts in my evolution 2.12 (Debian unstable). Some are
POP, one is the local spool ($HOME/Mail/INBOX) and one is IMAP. The POP
accounts are working fine with respect to the rules (mails from mailing
lists get sorted into the correct folders).

However, the rules are not applied to the mails received through IMAP or
MBOX although I have ticked the "apply rules" for both accounts. What
else do I have to check?

In addition to the mailing list rules, I have set up a rule to move all
the mails from the MBOX to my evolution inbox and to copy all the mails
from the IMAP to the evolution inbox. These two rules as well are not
applied automatically. If I hit Ctrl-Y to force the rules, the mails are
moved/copied as the rules say. What's wrong here?

Thanks for any hints.


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