Unsubscribing from mailing-list threads (was: Preferred way to get imap emails)

Matthias Apitz guru at unixarea.de
Tue Jul 30 05:40:02 UTC 2019

El día martes, julio 30, 2019 a las 06:36:35a. m. +0200, Francesco Ariis escribió:

> On Tue, Jul 30, 2019 at 06:31:42AM +0200, Matthias Apitz wrote:
> >
> > I'm a mutt user for many years. From time to time I do miss a feature in
> > mutt to mark a given thread as "do not present any mail of this thread
> > anymore, just collapse them and mark for deletion on exit".
> >
> > This is such a thread I would mark as this.
> Maybe this link can be of interest
>     http://ariis.it/static/articles/mutt-ml/page.html

Thanks for this pointer. The doc describes exactly the problem. But, the
proposed solution with a macro deleting threads which follow the rule
(copied from the doc):

"Threads with only replies means threads where the originating post
isn’t present; if it is not present is because we deleted it; if we
deleted it we didn’t like it and we don’t want replies to it, too."

is not good. Sometimes (many times) I have saved the original post of a
"good" thread in some place, for example into the mbox file ~/Mail/mutt and so the
above pattern would touch/delete a "good" thread also as a "bad" one.

A solution must be based on some kind of a local "database" file of threads marked as
"bad" threads (perhaps as patterns) and one must actively store the given
"bad" thread into it, for example with <ESC>M and then a <ESC>D would
later, even in the next mutt session, read this "database" file and delete
all threads from the actual mailbox for all patterns in it.

I Cc'ed the author of the article: fa-ml at ariis.it
Please keep him/her in Cc when you reply.


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