Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 472030
Retention policy doesn't work on thunderbird when incoming server is IMAP
Last modified: 2009-12-08 17:01:54 EST
Description of problem:
Retention policy doesn't work on thunderbird
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
every version,from 126.96.36.199-17.el4 to 188.8.131.52-1.fc9
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Choose Trash by click on it
2.Go to Edit->Folder Properties
3.In the popup window, click tab "Retention Policy"
4.Check option "Delete all but the last $NUMBER messages", set $NUMBER to 2.
The message can't be deleted in the trash
The message should can be deleted in the trash
This problem happens when incoming server is set as IMAP mail server,pop3 is ok.
You have to run File/Compact Folders to make the policy active for the first time.
Thank you Matej Cepl.I have tried as you tell.But I find one issue:to make the policy active, every time I need to compact Folders,not just for the first time.
I chose "File->Compact Folders" in 184.108.40.206 and it does not seem to work, however if I right click directly on the folder with a retention policy and choose the "Compact" option, it causes the folder to flush mail older than the retention timeframe. I'm not sure if thunderbird will auto-flush mail in that folder afterward or not, or if you have to constantly manually choose "compact".
What is odd is that I have thunderbird also configured to automatically compact mailboxes if 10000 bytes would be saved and that feature does not cause the mail to be flushed either.
Personally, I still consider this a bug because the majority of users who choose to set a retention policy of n days are neither informed that, nor are they likely to guess that they have to perform another action like "compact". So if it isn't considered a bug per se. then it definitely is a design flaw. Having said that, it probably belongs in the upstream bugzilla I guess.
Hopefully thunderbird 3 has a more intuitive design that works like one would expect. :)
Well, I think there is something that is not working properly here.
If I can accept to manually compact the folder in order to have my retention policy applied, I can accept the random deletion of my emails.
I have a IMAP account and my "Sent" folder retention policy says:
"Delete all but the last 4920 messages".
The folder is sort by ascending date, so the oldest mail should be the first to be deleted, but when I compact this folder, the email deleted is someone in the middle of my list.
Why? Is it a bug?
In my other POP account, everything perfectly works (to run the retention policy, I just have to jump over the folders, without compacting the folder).
What can I do? I'm using 220.127.116.11 TB, but even in TB3 there is this bug.