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Linux Annoyances for Geeks by Michael Jang

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I'm Drowning in Good Email

I spend a lot of time every morning sifting through email. A lot of it comes from various Linux mailing lists. Many of you may receive several hundred messages every day, just from the Fedora mailing lists.

Luckily, you can use the capabilities of your mailer to search through headers, email addresses, message bodies, and more to prioritize your good email. Because this book is for geeks, I've chosen a slightly advanced topic: how to set up virtual folders on Evolution. This lets you view mail in many different ways. For instance, you can view all the mail regarding a particular project from different people and then with a single click view all the mail from a particular person on all projects. The same mail messages will appear in different folders, matching whatever criteria you specify.

To understand virtual folders, consider a quick comparison of mail messages to files. If you move a file, it's no longer accessible in the old directory. If you want to access the file in two different directories, you can copy it, but then anything you do to one has to be repeated on the other. How can you access a single file in two different directories and make sure that anything done to a file in one directory is reflected in the copied file in the other directory?

The solution for files is links. The same solution in Evolution is virtual folders. Mail remains in one real folder, but it can show up simultaneously in any number of virtual folders, and if you delete ...

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