[MlMt] Using Rules to trim a Smart mailbox

Bart Lipman blipman at bu.edu
Sat Feb 28 10:40:26 EST 2015

This is a bit of a tangent but somewhat related.  Is there any way to 
set up a rule that compares the current date to the name of an IMAP 

The idea:  Periodically, I have a slew of emails that I'll need to deal 
with at some specific future date.  So I set up several different IMAP 
folders, one for each such date, and name them by the date in question.  
If I could create a smart folder that recognizes that today's date 
matches the name of the folder and brings those emails in, that would be 
very useful.


On 26 Feb 2015, at 10:55, Benny Kjær Nielsen wrote:

> On 26 Feb 2015, at 15:48, David O'Donnell wrote:
>> I had set up a Smart Mailbox to filter the messages from my INBOX 
>> into a separate folder and created a rule to move messages that were 
>> over 14 days old… but at some point in the past couple of months, 
>> the rule stopped working. When I tried to edit the rule today, I 
>> noticed that there is no comparison operator. So, e.g., the rule now 
>> reads “Date > Relative” “is” “14 days ago,” when I really 
>> want “if relative date is >= 14 days ago” since the rule clearly 
>> isn’t always getting triggered when a message is moved into the 
>> destination mailbox (by another rule attached to the Smart Mailbox).
>> Am I missing something obvious, or is it just not possible to achieve 
>> what I want?
> Just select “Date” and you'll have usable comparison options. (I 
> should hide the “relative” variant since it neither works for this 
> purpose and is very slow to use.)
> Also note the other replies you got. Currently, rules with date 
> conditions do not work as expected since they are never triggered. You 
> have to create a separate smart mailbox with the date condition and 
> then add an actions-only rule to that. (I do plan to improve this.)
> -- 
> Benny
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