Filtering messages that belong to mailing lists

Clay Weber claydoh at
Tue Mar 22 02:00:51 UTC 2011

On 3/21/2011 9:02 PM, J. L. wrote:
> Am 22.03.2011 01:00 schrieb Mario Andes:
>> Hi Brian,
>> my problem is to make a mailing list filter.
>> For example this list. Of course I can create a filter for
>> "kubuntu-users at".
>> More elegant would be to  automatically create the filter
>> and the folder if a message of an new mailing list is received where
>> you have been registered so that further messages of this list are
>> recognized as message of that list.
>> The header of messages of that mailing list contain the mailing list ID
>> which
>> classifies the message as a mailing list message.
>> Filter and folder have to be created AUTOMATICALLY!
>> How can I do that?
>> Mario
> Hi Mario!
> Really not my problem but how many mailing lists are You subscribed to
> or are You planning to being subscribed to?
> And do You really think to spend hours (and perhaps even more hours
> ...?) with this automation question seems to be more "time-efficient"
> than to create the filters by hand for each new mailing-list by hand
> _in_just_a_few_seconds?
> Really not my problem but perhaps Yours ...? ;-)
> Good luck!
> J. L.
>> On Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:58:51 +0100, Brian Wootton
>> <Brian.Meg at>  wrote:
>>> On 21/03/11 12:00, kubuntu-users-request at wrote:
>>>> Hi everybody,
>>>> I want to use Thunderbird and select messages of general mailing list
>>>> in a
>>>> filter. How can I instruct the filter to scan the message header to
>>>> recognize
>>>> if the message belongs to a mailing list?
>>>> Mario
>>> The short answer is go to 'thunderbird>tools>message filters>new' and
>>> fill
>>> out the boxes, you will need to make a mail folder first of course so
>>> that you
>>> can tell your filter where you want your filtered messages to be
>>> routed to. You
>>> can do this by right clicking on 'Local Folders' say, and filling in
>>> the box. I have
>>> a dozen or so mail folders all fed by filters so that I can see
>>> immediately what
>>> new mail I have from various friends, various mailing lists like
>>> kubuntu, amazon,
>>> finance houses, tech mags, etc. If you want a more detailed
>>> 'blow-by-blow' by all
>>> means tell me.
>>> brian
While thuderbird doesn't have as nice a filter system as Kmail, imo, 
there is an extension for it that may be useful:

In Kmail, you can right-click and create a filter, but it won't do the 
folder creation automatically.
This TB extension looks like it scans your mail for mailing lists by 
header and does all the work, but I have not tried it out very far as I 
don't use tbird too much. I know not all lists outt there will use the 
proper headers, but this extension will be a start, assuming it works well


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