SORT ORDER of folders is case insensitively, but under subscribe to folders, is case sensitive

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minor
15 years ago
2 years ago

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Description

15 years ago
User-Agent:       lynx 5.5 (vision impaired version)
Build Identifier: Mozilla Thunderbird 0.4 (20031205)

on the main folder panel items are sorted case insensitively,
but when you choose to subscribe to folders, items are 
sorted, first A-Z, then a-z.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. look at folder list in XP, sort order is equivalent to en_US
2. menu (right) click choose subscribe.
3. Note folder order in subscribe window sorted [hidden ("." files), A-Z, a-z]


Actual Results:  
saw folders in "C" collating order

Expected Results:  
consistent sorting order  (equiv of LC_COLLATE=en_US under linux).

Comment 1

15 years ago
Can't find any older reports of this problem. Setting status to New.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 2

15 years ago
Probably related somehow...  I just upgraded to nightly snapshot from 6/28, and
mail folders now sort ignoring non-letter prefix characters which I use to
prioritize certain folders in my list.

This relates to thunderbird's completely ignoring of the LANG and LC_COLLATE
environment variables (in linux).  If I set these to C, I expect that
thunderbird sort mail folders according to the ASCII (or UTF-8) value of the
letters, not according to some natural-language attempt.  Either that, or let me
have a custom sort order by dragging things around in the list.

Comment 3

15 years ago
Please disregard my earlier comment.  I'll file a separate bug.  As for the sort
differences between "subscribed-only," and "all," I'm still seeing the fully
case-and-prefix-insensitive sort on both (linux, 6/28 nightly snapshot).

Comment 4

15 years ago
I am seeing similar on Thunderbird 0.7 for the Mac - my problem is that I have a couple of folders with 
special names that I'd like to show up at the top, specifically _IN and _Process.  Thunderbird 0.7 on 
Linux at work seems to sort them to the top, as does Mail.app on OSX, but Thunderbird on the mac 
puts them at the bottom.  

Comment 5

14 years ago
(In reply to comment #4)
> I am seeing similar on Thunderbird 0.7 for the Mac - my problem is that I have
a couple of folders with 
> special names that I'd like to show up at the top, specifically _IN and
_Process.  Thunderbird 0.7 on 
> Linux at work seems to sort them to the top, as does Mail.app on OSX, but
Thunderbird on the mac 
> puts them at the bottom.  

This very problem made me searching through the Bugzilla because I also prefer
to use the underscore sign (_) to have subfolders sorted in a proper way. Recent
releases of Mozilla and Thunderbird break this useful feature. I'd like to have
it working again.

Comment 6

14 years ago
Ditto on the Mac inconsistency.  I have an IMAP store I use in Thunderbird 1.0
from both Windows and Mac, and my attempt to force a sort order using a folder
called [Whatever] sorts to the top of the list in Windows, bottom on Mac OSX.
QA Contact: account-manager

Comment 7

11 years ago
This bug seems to still be around after being open for a while...

I agree with the above post: I use characters to cause certain folders to sort higher (e.g. "!Customers" should come before "Additions" or whatever) and this is a nice feature.  It works in Outlook and in other mail programs but Thunderbird (and Evolution, for that matter) seem to try to "know better".

I think that something just as simple as an about:config switch to change folder sorting to asciibetical would be nice...

Updated

11 years ago
Assignee: mscott → nobody

Comment 8

9 years ago
I'm seeing this bug.  It's Thunderbird 2.0.0.23, on Fedora 10, on x86-64, installed via the Fedora package thunderbird-2.0.0.23-1.fc10.x86_64.  Folder order is case-insensitive in the folder view at the left side of the mail window, but case-sensitive in the Subscribe dialog.

Updated

8 years ago
Severity: normal → minor
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Comment 9

7 years ago
Still a bug in 2.0.0.24 (from 2010 02/29)

Don't know if it is still a prob in newer stuff...

Comment 10

2 years ago
This bug is still in Thunderbird for version 52.1.1 on Windows

It has caused us a fair amount of grief during debugging a mail folder sync problem, it appears that folders "aaa-test" are not showing up on the subscribe list because we can see them off to the left near the top of the IMAP mailbox, but have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Subscribe window (to the section below the hundreds of upper-CASE folder names) in order to see it.  

Please use consistent folder sort alogrithms in thunderbird !  :)

p.s. thanks for a great product!

Matt 
U of W 
Seattle, WA
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