On Fri, Sep 06, 2019 at 12:38:25PM -0400, Kurt Hackenberg wrote:
> On 2019-09-06 10:50, Kevin J. McCarthy wrote:
> > Both "new" and "old" are "unread".  "read" means neither new nor old.
> That sounds familiar. I think that goes back about 40 years, long before
> Mutt, to how spooling of incoming messages was implemented, and the
> introduction of the non-standard header Status:.
> Messages that had never seen by a mail reader were "new". Those that had
> been seen by a mail reader but not by the user were "old". Those seen by the
> user were "read".
> Does Mutt store this as a single state with three possible values? Clearly
> there's some logic on top of that. Also clearly, this is burdened with 40
> years of compatibility.

You can unset 'mark_old' if you don't want the behavior. I've personally
never found it super useful.

For Maildir, I believe messages will be marked old once they're out of
the 'new' directory.


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