Thunderbird should verify all subscribed IMAP folders for incoming e-mail, not only the Inbox



10 years ago
10 years ago


(Reporter: Douglas Atique, Unassigned)


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10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20080623 Firefox/
Build Identifier: SunOS 5.11 snv_91 i86pc i386 i86pc (OpenSolaris)

I am using Thunderbird (20080519) on Solaris Express Community Edition snv_91 to read e-mail from 3 IMAP accounts, one of them a Gmail account. Even though I have set the account to check for new e-mail every 5 minutes, I only get notifications when e-mail arrives in Inbox. That would be fine if new e-mail always arrived through the inbox only. However, Gmail filters allow me to set specific messages (like distribution lists) to be archived (i.e. not delivered to inbox) and labeled (i.e. sent to a given IMAP folder). I want to see those folders (or their parents) bold and indicating the number of unread messages as they arrive. Often I leave Thunderbird open all day long and when I log in to the Gmail web client I see lots of new messages in the label list but Thunderbird won't notice that until I click on each of the folders. I need it to tell me about new messages, not wait until I go ask.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. configure a Gmail account to use IMAP
2. create some filters that both label messages and archive them.
3. send messages that the filters will match and wait for Thunderbird to tell you they arrived.
Actual Results:  
Thunderbird won't tell you about new messages unless you click on the folder or the messages arrived in the inbox.

Expected Results:  
On each new message check cycle, Thunderbird should make all subscribed folders bold in the folder view (and if they are collapsed, also their parents) and indicate the amount of new messages (if collapsed, the parent should indicate the total amount of messages in itself and its children).

I'll label it as a bug, because it really makes my life difficult with Thunderbird. However if this is considered an enhancement, I'll understand :-)

Comment 1

10 years ago
You can either go to the folder properties (right click) and set that folder to be checked for new - or then set the pref mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new true

As the functionality already exists
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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