[MlMt] Odd behavior when deleting and recreating an account

Steven M. Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Fri Dec 22 09:47:01 EST 2017

On 22 Dec 2017, at 3:54, David Ledger wrote:

> On 21 Dec 2017, at 22:48, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> One of my accounts was being moved to a new server in a way that 
>> would not preserve the IMAP UIDs. Accordingly, I deleted the "mail 
>> source" entirely. (Aside: that it's called "mail source" for deleting 
>> or renaming, but "IMAP Mailbox" for adding is unfortunate.) I then 
>> added the account anew, but of course with the same email address. 
>> That worked, but...
>> Under "Sources", the recreated account shows four unread messages in 
>> Inbox. That's correct, and corresponds to what I had before the 
>> shuffling. However, in the unified Inbox, the sub-folder for that 
>> account shows no counter, i.e., no unread messages. I have a smart 
>> folder under "Inbox" for unseen messages; its subfolder for that 
>> account also shows zero--but when I open that folder, I do see those 
>> four messages. In other words, the smart folder knows which the four 
>> unread messages are but doesn't know how to count them. Huh? The 
>> "Displayed Count" setting for it, the parent "Unseen" folder, and the 
>> unified inbox itself all say "Inherit"; the other folders under 
>> "Unseen" all display the correct count of unread messages.
> The meaning of ‘Inherit’ is unclear (but probably documented) - is 
> it inherit up or inherit down? I just set mine to what I want and 
> ignore Inherit.
> David
I mentioned it to forestall the "have you set X?" responses. In fact, I 
did try changing it manually; it didn't help.

         --Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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