Re: [Evolution] multiple pop accounts and legacy archive

Hello Pete,

many thanks for the comprehensive reply.

Whenever I set up POP accounts now, all received/sent emails are
swallowed by the "On This Computer" which I do _not_ want to see at

Well, POP is a mail retrieval protocol. It retrieves your mail from a
remote server and puts it into the local mail account.  That is how
is supposed to work, and that is what Evolution does. Sorry if you
don't want to see that.

Yes, I am aware that POP is a retrieval protocol and I am happy about
that; what I am not happy is that evolution funnels _all_ POP mails
into a single Folder named "On this computer", which contains the
logical folders "Inbox", "Sent" and others. 

Looking into $HOME/.local/share/evolution/mail/local I see that there
are folders `cur`, `new` and `tmp` corresponding to the maildir for
`Inbox`; and there is a maildir folder for every logical folder such as
`.Sent` for "Sent". I would have expected that there would be a
dedicated `.Inbox`, too, to make things consistent.

Help -> Contents -> Common Mail Questions and Problems
                    -> Separating POP mail for more than one account
Thanks, I'll look into that.

If you want to keep $HOME/Archive then you need to create a separate
account that points to that directory.

Edit -> Preferences -> Mail Accounts -> Add
    Identity -> fill in information it's not important what.
             -> untick  "Lookup mail server" at bottom

    Receiving Email -> Server Type: Maildir format mail directories
                    -> Mail Directory: select correct folder

    Receiving Options -> uncheck all if your aren't receiving into it

    Sending Email -> Server type: None

    Account summary -> Name: fill in suitable name
I have tried that, i.e. create a folder $HOME/Mail/Archive, then add a
maildir account pointing to that; unfortunately, it does not create a
`Sent` folder in that logical maildir folder. And if I create a
subfolder "Sent", I get a `.Sent` on the file system which is not what
I want either.

But in all honesty it looks like what you actually need is IMAP, not
Really, the easiest way of achieving that is using IMAP - everything
will be kept on the server and they are absolutely independent of
Not quite. I do like all my emails, past present and future to be
stored on my local file system. Ideally, I do not want any meta data of
the client contaminating that either. I will try the following

- create a maildir on $HOME/Mail/Received
- create a maildir on $HOME/Mail/Sent
- add a "Received" logical folder to my local

rm -r $HOME/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/.Received
rm -r $HOME/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/.Sent
ln -s $HOME/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/.Received
ln -s $HOME/.local/share/evolution/mail/local/.Sent $HOME/Mail/Received

This way, I hope, the maildir points to a more visible location in my
home folder which I can backup _without_ evolution metadata.

Kind regards,

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