[MlMt] Apply rule to sent messages?

Robert Brenstein mailmate at learning-insights.eu
Sat Mar 27 11:42:28 EDT 2021

I think that a smart mailbox is actually simpler to handle and more 
reliable besides being more aligned with IMAP. The smart mailbox can 
check incoming and outgoing mailboxes for mails that have any recipient 
or sender be the specified email address (or more). Basically, the exact 
conditions, Andrew, that you set up for your rule except that applied 
for a smart mailbox with INBOX and SENT as source mailboxes. No need to 
actually move physical messages.

On 27 Mar 2021, at 3:47, Andrew Buc wrote:

> Making some headway with MM, and I’m taking Philip Paeps’s 
> suggestion of using FastMail's sieve features to file the mail on the 
> server when it arrives. Having said that, I think there’s something 
> to be said for learning at least a bit about MM rules.
> 20-odd years ago I was running an OS/2 (really!) mail client, 
> PMMail/2, that would let me apply rules to a message when it was sent. 
> For any given friend I’d set up a rule sending messages to or from 
> that friend to that friend’s dedicated folder. That way I could 
> easily see both sides of the correspondence with the friend.
> Apple Mail doesn’t have this functionality but every so often I 
> apply my rules to my Sent folder, and my outgoing emails to my friends 
> end up in the appropriate folders. Incoming email, of course, are 
> already in the folders.
> To see if I could do this in MM, I made a rule for a particular 
> friend—-screen shot attached with my friend’s personal info 
> blacked out.
> If I highlight an email to my friend in the Sent Items folder and hit 
> cmd-opt-L, I get a “thunk” sound and no action. If I RMB on the 
> Sent Items folder and choose “Apply rules of Sent Items,” the 
> choices in the next menu (selected messages, all messages) are grayed 
> out.
> I tried turning the rule off, having my friend send a test message, 
> turning the rule on, and invoking it with cmd-opt-L on the copy of the 
> message in the inbox. In that context the rule works.
> Can what I’d like to do be done, and if so, how? I’m on build 
> 5673. Thanks!
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