[MlMt] syntax in smart folders editor

Max Rydahl Andersen max.andersen at gmail.com
Mon May 2 03:45:59 EDT 2016

On 24 Apr 2016, at 8:56, Benny Kjær Nielsen wrote:

> On 22 Apr 2016, at 19:17, John Cooper wrote:
>> Howard Wettstein wrote (at 22:53 on 21 Apr 2016):
>>> I’m trying to set up smart folders but find some of the syntax )(a 
>>> lot of it) hard to follow, I mean  in the drop-down lists. Is there 
>>> someplace I can find more or less detailed explanations?
>> This bothers me a lot, too. So much power, and so little information!
> The documentation could certainly be improved. As you might expect, 
> many of the undocumented details have been added to MailMate after I 
> wrote the documentation.
> As Gary wrote in a separate reply:
>> The Smart Mailboxes feature is so powerful and Byzantine that you 
>> often just have to ask Bennie here or by e-mail if some specific task 
>> can be done, and he'll say yes or no.
> It might be a comfort to some that my Inbox is “punished” for the 
> lack of detailed documentation :-)
>> I'm a pretty good reference sleuth, but I don't know how to even 
>> begin to decipher these, among many others:
>> Source > Path > Noinbox
> This is a hack to get around IMAP weirdness. Some IMAP servers place 
> all mailboxes under INBOX in the mailbox hierarchy, e.g., it's 
> `INBOX/Archive` instead of just `Archive`. The “Noinbox” specifier 
> gets rid of the `INBOX` prefix which can be useful for various format 
> strings used elsewhere (message list column, smart mailbox 
> submailboxes, counter notifications). Usually, you would not need it.
>> Date > » Local > Formatted [why the chevrons? Formatted how?]
> Local is a special selector which converts a date to the local time 
> zone. “Formatted” is also for use in format strings and is kind of 
> an implementation leak -- at least in the smart mailbox editor and/or 
> in searches. Most of the time you should only need to simply use 
> “Date” and its comparison methods (the popup after the date).
>> Subject > Blob
> This is a word I got from an old RFC (standards document). It's the 
> string often used for mailing lists to state the list name in the 
> subject. For example, it would be “MlMt” in “[MlMt] syntax in 
> smart folders editor”.
>> Any Address > » Identity [or » Correspondent] > User > Notag
> Identity/Correspondent are relatively new additions. They allow you to 
> reduce the set of matched addresses to your own identities (email 
> addresses found in your IMAP account settings to belong to you). So, 
> “Identity” is your address and “Correspondent” is *not* your 
> address. This could, e.g., be used to only match messages which have 
> one of your addresses in a recipient header: “Recipient ▸ Identity 
> exists”.
> I hope that helps a bit. I'll note that this information should be 
> added to the documentation when I have time extend it.

Any thoughts about making the docs based on markdown/asciidoc and put on 
github and we could help make the docs better faster ?

Just a suggestion ;)

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> Benny
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