[sylpheed:33958] Re: Filter conundrum

Hiroyuki Yamamoto hiro-y at kcn.ne.jp
Tue May 11 14:22:09 JST 2010


On Mon, 10 May 2010 18:14:33 -0600
Gene Goldenfeld <genegold at fastmail.fm> wrote:

> On Mon, 10 May 2010 20:49:19 -0300
> John Coppens <john at jcoppens.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, 10 May 2010 17:24:14 -0600
> > Gene Goldenfeld <genegold at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> > 
> > > For example, can someone spot
> > > why the following test email could even theoretically be picked up
> > > by a filter with all @yahoo.com addresses and go to a folder named
> > > Yahoo, instead of the Inbox? I'm completely at a loss.
> > 
> > I suspect the only way to debug such a problem is to have a look at
> > your complete filter definition file. 
> > 
> > I have over 40 filters defined, on different fields, and never
> > experience any problem (at least none which isn't caused by my
> > mistakes).
> I would agree with you, except when, after posting here, I added a
> fastmail.fm filter rule --> Inbox at the bottom of the filter rule
> list, the mail filtered properly. That means simply by adding an
> unrelated @yahoo filter rule, Sylpheed switched the default folder
> from the Inbox to the Yahoo folder.  And continued to do so even
> after I deleted that rule, in effect restoring the original state.
> If it were a problem of filter rule definitions, then adding a filter
> rule at the bottom of the list shouldn't have affected it.
> After that, I decided to reboot the computer to test w/o the
> fastmail.fm rule, to see if that would reestablish the Inbox as
> default. It did, and thus the specific problem is solved for the
> moment.  However, since I've seen filtering oddities with Sylpheed
> roughly 15-20 times over the years, requiring various sorts of logical
> contortions to get it working correctly, my guess is that there's a
> bug or some non-obvious piece of logic in there somewhere.

Hmm, can you send me the filter rule file located at:


The filtering is expected to be very straightforward, and there is
currently no known bugs (AFAIK).

Hiroyuki Yamamoto <hiro-y at kcn.ne.jp>

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