Bug#511809: icedove: no RFC for email filters and MUAs, no way to sync mail filters with an open standard witth other clients

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at powercraft.nl
Wed Jan 14 16:12:37 GMT 2009

Package: icedove
Severity: wishlist

There is no RFC document for mail filters used in MUAs. There is currently no way
to sync  mail filters through an open standard with other mail clients and mobile

I would like to be able to have groups and user specified mail filter rules in a
some sort of local or remote database that can be acceded trough an open standard,
making it possible to synchronization, read, and write mail filter rules.

I am willing to donate money for this, how much would it cost to develop this for 
icedove, thunderbird and gnome evolutions as prove of concept for this possible 
new standard?

PS. I am not talking about server based filtering like sieve filters[1]. But if
sieve filters can be used or enhanced then this can be an option to.

[1] http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3028.txt?number=3028

As a note to this problem, I currently have program lock-in with Thunderbird. 
I can not move to other mail clients without investigating large amounts of 
time to get my mail filters fully working, I tried to move to claws-mail and 
worked with the developer of the mail filter conversion scripts, but after months
of emailing it was still not possible to convert my Thunderbird mail filters to 
claws-mail and have everything filtered the way it did with Thunderbird. 

Sad story, indicating only a small portion for the need to have a standard for
mail filters and  synchronization with other clients.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (990, 'unstable'), (50, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages icedove depends on:
ii  debianutils            2.30              Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  fontconfig             2.6.0-3           generic font configuration library
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.24.0-1          The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                  2.7-18            GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcairo2              1.6.4-7           The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libfontconfig1         2.6.0-3           generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6           2.3.7-2           FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgcc1                1:4.3.2-2~exp5    GCC support library
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.16.6-1          The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.12.11-4         The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libhunspell-1.2-0      1.2.8-1           spell checker and morphological an
ii  libjpeg62              6b-14             The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG 
ii  libnspr4-0d            4.7.1-4           NetScape Portable Runtime Library
ii  libnss3-1d             3.12.0-5          Network Security Service libraries
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.20.5-3          Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.33-1          PNG library - runtime
ii  libstdc++6             4.3.2-2~exp5      The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
ii  libx11-6               2:1.1.5-2         X11 client-side library
ii  libxft2                2.1.13-2          FreeType-based font drawing librar
ii  libxinerama1           2:1.0.3-2         X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxrender1            1:0.9.4-2         X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  libxt6                 1:1.0.5-3         X11 toolkit intrinsics library
ii  psmisc                 22.6-1            Utilities that use the proc filesy
ii  zlib1g                 1: compression library - runtime

icedove recommends no packages.

Versions of packages icedove suggests:
pn  icedove-gnome-support         <none>     (no description available)
pn  latex-xft-fonts               <none>     (no description available)
ii  libthai0                      0.1.9-4    Thai language support library

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