Use of multiple alias' is unfeasible with Evolution

There are several reasons why I think this, and hence why I cannot use Evolution in the current state:

No support for mail identities, which means alias configuration is limited to account configuration. In other words:

  1. Alias’ cannot have different display names or signatures

  2. Alias’ cannot have different PGP keys (as pointed out in request for identity support in gitlab: Add support for mail Identities, instead of only aliases (#109) · Issues · GNOME / evolution · GitLab

  3. Alias’ cannot have their own draft/sent/archive/template default folders

My workaround to 3. was to setup message filters to send all incoming and outgoing mail to a dedicated folder per alias. I would then use labels to distinguish between sent and received mail. However…

  1. I am unable to filter sending mail to a folder other than the default “Sent” mail. I reported it here: Unable to filter sent messages. (#2797) · Issues · GNOME / evolution · GitLab

  2. There is no column for “marked as important” messages - which would otherwise serve as a good alternative to the (unsuitable in this case) archive folder, and (absent) star function.

  3. There is no “correspondents” column, which is very useful for navigating a folder which has both sent and received mail, to avoid the mess and wasted space of both a “sender” and “recipient” column.

  4. Parents of threads do not show their actual label when collapsed. Reported it here: In the list of email messages, parents of collapsed threads do not show labels properly (#2798) · Issues · GNOME / evolution · GitLab

Plus, I struggled with the guide’s format (many webpages and not a single document) and incompleteness (no info on several ambiguous settings). Finally, there were gaps and line-breaks in the message previews of mail I sent, which I did not input during the composition.

Which is why I am now using Betterbird. But I much prefer the interface of Evolution and hope I can return.

I hope my feedback is useful.

Thanks! Which exact “guide” do you refer to, and which aspects are lacking on “several ambiguous settings”? Maybe we can improve a few things :slight_smile:

Hi,

They can, simply write the alias as a whole e-mail address with the name, aka My name <me@no.where>

The current workaround is to not fill the PGP key ID, then Evolution will search for the key by the email address used in the From field.

Correct, and they never will. Splitting the folders out of the account is a wrong idea, the account needs to know the folders, not the identity.

There is that column, it’s called Flagged, and the View->Current View->Messages has is set by default. No idea what view you use, maybe the one for the Wide View? Also refer to Changing the message list columns please.

Right, mixing sent and received messages is a problem. There is no good way to distinguish between really sent and really received messages in this case. While you may think that, consider some providers modify the messages on the server without user intervention, which can void any helper marks about the sent messages.

You can file bug reports with more concrete claims. That’s the way how to make it addressed. The “single document” might be good for searching, but otherwise it can have disadvantages.

This needs more information, both about the message itself, ideally a test message provided, and what provider you use (IMAP/SMTP, EWS,…). Such things are better discussed within a bug report.

Bye,
Milan

Thanks! Which exact “guide” do you refer to, and which aspects are lacking on “several ambiguous settings”? Maybe we can improve a few things

I refer to: Evolution Mail and Calendar

I found nothing on:
-Account Editor> Receiving Options > Advanced Editor (it is unclear what “namespace” means, “enable full folder update on metered connection,” or “single client mode.”
-Account Editor> Sending Email> “Re-encode message before send”

They can, simply write the alias as a whole e-mail address with the name, aka My name <me@no.where>

I did not know this was possible. I’d add, that I must enable “From bar override” from drop-down view menu.

Splitting the folders out of the account is a wrong idea, the account needs to know the folders, not the identity.

I mean splitting folders within the account on a per alias basis, not out of account.

Right, mixing sent and received messages is a problem. There is no good way to distinguish between really sent and really received messages in this case.

I have rule setup to label incoming mail one color and outgoing mail another color. This led me to problem seven, of parents of threads not showing their actual label when collapsed.

I don’t plan to document these obscure settings as I do not know what they mean either. :slight_smile: