mail filters that are text editable with import/export

NEW
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Status

Thunderbird
Mail Window Front End
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enhancement
15 years ago
9 years ago

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(Reporter: Malcolm Mead, Unassigned)

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Description

15 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.5a) Gecko/20030728 Mozilla Firebird/0.6.1 StumbleUpon/1.87
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.5a) Gecko/20030728 Mozilla Firebird/0.6.1 StumbleUpon/1.87

Mail filtering (e.g. status change, moving messages, according to inbound type
(sender .. is .. foo@goo.com, status .. is .. read) is limited and unexportable.

Heavy users of mail filtering must do extensive "clicking and selecting" with
mouse in order to create each filter, often repeating same activity every time
(e.g. click "more items", select status, select "read" from third menu).

Filters are not saved in any retrievable format or location (where ARE they
saved? even checked registry, no luck) to facilitate rapid importing from one
copy of Thunderbird to another.

EDITABLE MAIL FILTERS IN A TEXT FILE WOULD BE AWESOME.
SETTING A "DEFAULT" PATTERN FOR MAIL FILTERS WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.
IMPORT EXPORT OF MAIL FILTERS A MUST.

Also...
Right clicking on the username of a message exposes the context menu choice
"create filter from email" ... why can't this context option be available in the
INBOX?

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Download Thunderbird to a laptop
2.Open a message, right click on sender, create filter.
3.Repeat at least 20 times to be considered "heavy user of filters"
4.Download Thunderbird onto home computer.
5.Repeat steps 2-3
6.Download Thunderbird onto work computer.
7.Repeat steps 2-3
8.Receive NEW email from brand new business contact.
9.Repeat steps 2-3 for single email address
10.Repeat on all computers.

Actual Results:  
I examined the registry, I downloaded every advanced preference tool, I searched
for "filter" on the mozilla site and can't find ANYTHING that exposes the logic
for these filters.

Expected Results:  
A. Allowed me to create a "filter file" in plain text that can be imported/exported
B. Allowed me to set a preference for "filter type" (e.g. I make a LOT of "move
this email once I've read it to this folder based on sender address" filters...
the ONLY default is to act upon an email from a person if it has been replied to)
C. GET THE MOUSE OUT OF THE FILTER CREATION PROCESS!!!! :)

Comment 1

15 years ago
only one issue per bug please
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID

Comment 2

15 years ago
never midn, your primary issue is/will be  a (text?) format for filers
Status: RESOLVED → REOPENED
Resolution: INVALID → ---
(Reporter)

Comment 3

15 years ago
Yes, some readily editable filters list with import/export.  Would you like me
to close this bug and reiterate?

Comment 4

15 years ago
no, a more clear summary will do (like in your last post)
(Reporter)

Updated

15 years ago
Summary: Non-junk mail filters unavailable externally → mail filters that are text editable with import/export
(Reporter)

Comment 5

14 years ago
Best I've got thus far is that there's a specific config file that holds the 
filters. 

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application 
Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\default\hh0iccxd.slt\ImapMail\<accountname>\msgFilter
Rules.dat

If I were up to speed on how to code things on the Thunderbird front-end, I'd 
make a better widget for adding filters... but I'm not.

Manually editing this file, and restarting T-bird seems to do the job... it's 
a pretty lame workaround -- but it works.

Comment 6

14 years ago
May I suggest that an XML format be used for the export file as well?  I'd be
happy with formatted ASCII but interesting things could be done if it were in XML.

Comment 7

14 years ago
+1 here
i use thunderbird on 2 machines and mozilla on 2 more and always have to create
these darn filters anew
(Reporter)

Comment 8

14 years ago
the best I've come to is to find the file msgfilterrules.dat in your current default directory -- that can be 
copied over to the other computer.  It's also editable with a text editor, though not an easy process.

Comment 9

14 years ago
ok, so the feature is sort of already there - just needs to be more exposed (i
don't care about editing these files - as long as i can move them). really,
you'd like to be able to import those and merge them with those that you already
have. but that's bonus.
thanks for the tip.
QA Contact: front-end

Updated

10 years ago
Assignee: mscott → nobody
Status: REOPENED → NEW

Comment 10

9 years ago
Someone in a different bug suggested the following addon:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/2474

Perhaps some of the ideas could be incorporated?
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