Bug 449284 - Evolution changes all mail from New to Old whenever it opens.
Evolution changes all mail from New to Old whenever it opens.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: evolution-data-server (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Matthew Barnes
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Reported: 2008-06-01 14:25 EDT by Luke Macken
Modified: 2016-09-19 22:38 EDT (History)
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Description Luke Macken 2008-06-01 14:25:00 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.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Fire up evolution
2. Try and close it as fast as possible
Actual results:
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.

Expected results:
Evolution should not change any emails just by opening and closing the program.
Comment 1 Nicholas Miell 2008-06-03 14:13:57 EDT
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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Comment 3 Matthew Barnes 2009-06-21 09:08:21 EDT
Is this bug still present on Fedora 11 or later?
Comment 4 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 12:00:15 EDT
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