[MlMt] Mailbox count = Recent doesn't match server's \Recent count

Randall Gellens mailmate at randy.pensive.org
Mon Jan 14 17:40:05 EST 2019

On 14 Jan 2019, at 13:47, Bill Cole wrote:

> On 14 Jan 2019, at 13:04, Randall Gellens wrote:
>>>>>>> When the displayed count for a mailbox is "Recent," what does MM 
>>>>>>> count?
>>>> It counts emails having the IMAP `\Recent` flag. This is not as 
>>>> useful as it might seem to be.
>>> Exactly; the IMAP \Recent flag is not much use.
>> Aside from the fact that the IMAP \Recent flag is not inherently 
>> useful, the MailMate displayed count does not match what the server 
>> says.  All my mailboxes show non-zero counts when the counter is set 
>> to "Recent," but as a test I used telnet to connect to my server and 
>> SELECT a mailbox that MailMate displays "215" when the counter is set 
>> to Recent.  When I SELECT that mailbox, the server reports 0 Recent:
> You've just *discovered* why \Recent is intrinsically useless for any 
> client usage model involving multiple connections.

I am unsure why you would think I have just learned about the lack of 
usefulness of the \Recent flag.  Have I ever said anything that 
suggested that I thought \Recent was useful or that I think \Recent is a 
useful counter display option?  I've been asking for months that 
MailMate have a counter option that reflects something useful, such as 
what I suggested some time ago: unread messages that arrived within the 
last xx time period.  (I've also complained today that MailMate's 
display of recent doesn't necessarily match what my IMAP server reports 
as recent.)


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