No matter if I reindex or not, the "order of arrival" sorting seems to be wrong quite often.
Yes. It's ***ed. Kmail doesn't have any idea about what an arrival time is. It even copies the date from the Date: header into the values it uses for arrival time (the From_ line for mbox files), overwriting the arrival time which is there already. That's bad! Using the top-most Received: might be acceptable.
Displaying "mailbox order" would be nice too. A standard feature with old-guard clients.
I see your point. But think about this: When do you want the app to be quickly, if not instantly, doing what you want?
Always. Pity that what I want the app to do isn't what the kmail programmers want me to want to do...
I have all mailing list msgs delivered into a subdirectory tree to which kmail doesn't have access, because I don't want it to screw all my msgs up (e.g. received time, and it's likely to destroy files because it can't share access with procmail). This keeps the rescan time down too.
Actually there's a trick, though it's a tad annoying: touch the file more than 10 seconds after kmail last displayed it, and it's rescan it when you next visit it. It'll never find new folders though, you'll have to nuke it for that.
For me it is when I change the folder, I do not want to wait a second, I want it instantly changed to the new one,
Fair enough. But our two uses and requirements are not mutually exclusive. However, its narrow-minded view of mail files prevent you from displaying archived mail on CD or anywhere else. Pooping index files all over the show may be very performance boosting in some cases, but is disastreous in others.
And - how often do I push another folder under kmails butt? Last time it was almost a year ago...
Each time I want to look at archived mail, or the results of a grepmail run. Thank goodness there are still dependable workhorses around which get the job done quickly (I use mutt) as opposed to convolutedly or not at all, although moving forward a bit in time would be nice. (Something like mutt is still a must when working remotely.)
Hey, it'd be trivial to put another entry called "rescan now" in the little menu which pops up on right-click. I suggested that, uhm, a year ago maybe. The developer(s) agreed it would be a good idea. That was a year ago too.
kmail is just about perfect for sending mail, but for receiving mail and working with on-disk or archived mail it's seriously deficient.
Sure do! :)