Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 449284
Evolution changes all mail from New to Old whenever it opens.
Last modified: 2016-09-19 22:38:46 EDT
Description of problem:
I'm a mutt user, but occasionally use evolution for some things. My setup
consists of local maildir folders. The problem is, that even when I open
evolution for a few seconds, it marks all of my new mails as "old". So when I
fire up mutt all of the 'N' messages are now 'O', and thus I am not notified
that these folders have new messages.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Fire up evolution
2. Try and close it as fast as possible
Evolution churns for a long time when trying to close it. When I open mutt, all
of my new messages are now flagged as old.
Evolution should not change any emails just by opening and closing the program.
This is a direct result of the Maildir format being underspecified.
The two relevant paragraphs in the spec are:
Files in cur are just like files in new. The big difference
is that files in cur are no longer new mail: they have been
seen by the user's mail-reading program.
It looks through the new directory for new messages. Say
there is a new message, new/unique. The reader may freely
display the contents of new/unique, delete new/unique, or
rename new/unique as cur/unique:info. See
http://pobox.com/~djb/maildir.html for the meaning of info.
Evolution, upon seeing mail in new, adds the mail to it's own database and then
moves it to cur. This is correct under this spec (such as it is) -- the
mail-reading program has seen the mail, so it is no longer new and it is free to
do anything it wants with the mail, such as rename it to cur/unique:info.
On the other hand, the Courier Maildir+ format says the following:
When opening a maildir or a maildir folder, read the tmp subdirectory and
delete any files in there that are at least 36 hours old.
Look for new messages in the new subdirectory. Rename new/filename, as
which describes exactly what Evolution does.
Mutt abuses the maildir format to offer three messages states (new, old, read)
instead of the usual two (unread, read) and and notes the distinction between
new and old/read by leaving the mail in the new folder which is suspect under
the original spec and wrong under the Maildir+ spec.
(Also, this bug should be against evolution-data-server, not evolution, but I
lack permission to change it.)
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