Re: Evolution and Procmail- can they work together?

Am 13 Aug 2001 12:20:30 -0400 schrieb Jeffrey Stedfast:
> On 13 Aug 2001 11:00:37 +0200, christophe barbé wrote:
> > You are going to discover that even if evolution uses mbox (you can choose
> > the format), procmail is not well supported.
> > Evolution will not noticed new mails. Evolution will rescan each mailbox
> > touched by procmail at each startup and this can take a long time.
Yep, and often it fails to scan mboxes (even w/o procmail) :(

> > Christophe
> What you really want to do is filter into an mbox and have Evolution
> import it. *Or*, you could tell evolution to use these filtered mbox
> files as "spool"'s and use them that way.
You are missing a major point: procmail can be applied as very
sophisticated cascaded personal and system wide mail filter system. I
personally consider procmail to be far superior to evolution's filter
system. So why don't you adopt procmail instead of "reinventing the
wheel" (== mail filtering)?

> The reason you can't just dump mail into Evolution's folders is because
> it keeps a summary of them and if you append to the mbox without
> updating the summary files, then they get out of sync.
I know, but I am not sure whether I like this design. It's yet another,
"compatible to nothing else" mail-archiving system.

> Not to mention
> Evolution uses file locking, I'm not sure whether or not procmail does?
man procmailrc and man procmail and you will see: Dotfile locking.

Sorry, if something above might sound harsh. Let me assure you it
definitely is ment as such. Evolution for sure is a promissing approach,
but IMHO, it still has a long way ahead, probably longer than Ximian's
evolution folks might expect.


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