Re: [Evolution] Applying filters automatically.

On Sat, 2008-02-02 at 09:17 -0500, Paul Smith wrote:
On Fri, 2008-02-01 at 15:36 -0700, Steve Karmesin wrote:

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure that this 'new' flag is
crucial.  Whatever method Evo is using to say "give me the new mail"
is already doing a good job of getting the mail.  Even if some
notifier has tripped some flag about the mail, Evo still gets it.

This is an excellent point.  I don't have this problem so I'm not
familiar with Evo's behavior here.  Are you saying that Evo marks the
messages as unread (by leaving the message summary lines bold, having
them show up as unread in the folder summary window, etc.) but does not
filter them?

The 'unread' status of a message is a flag held on the IMAP server.  I
can set a message as unread in Thunderbird, and that mail will be bold
the next time I open a copy of Evolution.  Conversely, if I read some
mail in Thunderbird or webmail, those messages will not be bold when I
next use Evolution (or anything else) - even though they are new to

Evolution knows which messages to download because it holds a list of
the message numbers that it has already got - it queries the imap server
for the list of messages and their status, then downloads the headers &
flags for those it doesn't already have.

If so, I agree that doesn't make sense.  If Evo knows enough to realize
that the messages are new and mark them as such in the message summary
window etc., then why can't it also filter those messages?

No doubt it could filter messages that are new to that instance of Evo -
but it becomes very messy.  

It may well be that the filtering in Thunderbird is not as extensive as
in Evo, and running a filter multiple times on a message is no problem.
But if you have an Evo filter that is scoring a message, then running
the filters multiple times will not have the correct result.  


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