[Evolution] Bug#433098: evolution: "delete message" should work also for deleted messages

Lars Wirzenius liw at iki.fi
Sat Jul 14 12:40:41 UTC 2007

Package: evolution
Version: 2.10.2-1
Severity: minor

I've just upgraded to this version of Evolution, and message deletion
has changed behavior: it is no longer possible to delete a message that
is already deleted. This is a problem to me because I use it also for
navigation. This might require a bit of explanation, please bear with

When I read a big folder of new messages, such as the ones for big
discussion mailing lists every morning (debian-devel, etc), I start
at the top and read or skim each message. Almost all messages get
deleted immediately after that, either by pressing Control-D or by clicking
the trashcan icon in the tool bar, depending on whether I happen to
be typing or mousing at the moment.

If the message seems important, or something that I will need to do
something about, or that I might want to re-read more carefully, I don't
delete it, and instead go to the next message, almost always by clicking
on the "next message" icon in the tool bar. There's usually few of them,
during each mail reading session.

Often when reading a thread, I realize that I need to go back to re-read
a previous message to understand the current context. Typically, I want
to check what someone really wrote rather than what is being
insufficiently quoted. Thus I click on the message in the message list.
To get back where I was, I either click on the message I was reading
if I'm mousing, or type Control-D to skip the few deleted messages
(by deleting them again) to get back where I was.

That last bit is actually very typical for me. It now no longer works. I
have to interrupt my reading concentration and figure out some other way
to get where I was, and this is annoying. That's why I'd like to see that
the old behavior was brought back.

I'm not saying it is so annoying that I will unsubscribe from every
mailing list in the world, shut down my mail server, uninstall Evolution
from my system, shave my head, join an agnostic monastery in the mountains
of New Zealand, and spend the rest of my life digging out a real-life
replica of Moria into the mountain, but you never know. My fate now lies
in the hands of the Evolution developers.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.21-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=fi_FI.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages evolution depends on:
ii  dbus                    1.1.1-3          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  evolution-common        2.10.2-1         architecture independent files for
ii  evolution-data-server   1.10.2-2         evolution database backend server
ii  gconf2               GNOME configuration database syste
ii  gnome-icon-theme        2.18.0-3         GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  gtkhtml3.14             3.14.2-1         HTML rendering/editing library - b
ii  libart-2.0-2            2.3.19-3         Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0             1.18.0-2         The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libbonobo2-0            2.18.0-2         Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2-0          2.18.0-5         The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                   2.5-9+b1         GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcairo2               1.4.10-1         The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcamel1.2-10          1.10.2-2         The Evolution MIME message handlin
ii  libdbus-1-3             1.1.1-3          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2        0.73-2           simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libebook1.2-9           1.10.2-2         Client library for evolution addre
ii  libecal1.2-7            1.10.2-2         Client library for evolution calen
ii  libedataserver1.2-9     1.10.2-2         Utility library for evolution data
ii  libedataserverui1.2-8   1.10.2-2         GUI utility library for evolution 
ii  libegroupwise1.2-13     1.10.2-2         Client library for accessing group
ii  libexchange-storage1.2- 1.10.2-2         Backend library for evolution cale
ii  libfontconfig1          2.4.2-1.2        generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6            2.2.1-6          FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgconf2-4          GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglade2-0             1:2.6.1-1        library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0            2.12.12-1        The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-keyring0       0.8.1-2          GNOME keyring services library
ii  libgnome-pilot2         2.0.15-2         Support libraries for gnome-pilot
ii  libgnome2-0             2.18.0-4         The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0       2.14.0-3         A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeprint2.2-0      2.18.0-2         The GNOME 2.2 print architecture -
ii  libgnomeprintui2.2-0    2.18.0-2         GNOME 2.2 print architecture User 
ii  libgnomeui-0            2.18.1-2         The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2-0          1:2.18.1-2       GNOME Virtual File System (runtime
ii  libgnutls13             1.6.3-1          the GNU TLS library - runtime libr
ii  libgtk2.0-0             2.10.13-1        The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libgtkhtml3.14-19       3.14.2-1         HTML rendering/editing library - r
ii  libhal1               Hardware Abstraction Layer - share
ii  libice6                 1:1.0.3-2        X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libldap2                2.1.30-13.4      OpenLDAP libraries
ii  libnm-glib0             0.6.4-7          network management framework (GLib
ii  libnotify1 [libnotify1- 0.4.4-3          sends desktop notifications to a n
ii  libnspr4-0d          NetScape Portable Runtime Library
ii  libnss3-0d           Network Security Service libraries
ii  liborbit2               1:2.14.7-0.1     libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0           1.16.4-1         Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpisock9              0.12.2-10        library for communicating with a P
ii  libpisync0              0.12.2-10        synchronization library for PalmOS
ii  libpng12-0              1.2.15~beta5-2   PNG library - runtime
ii  libpopt0                1.10-3           lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libsm6                  2:1.0.3-1        X11 Session Management library
ii  libsoup2.2-8            2.2.100-1        an HTTP library implementation in 
ii  libx11-6                2:1.0.3-7        X11 client-side library
ii  libxcursor1             1:1.1.8-2        X cursor management library
ii  libxext6                1:1.0.3-2        X11 miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxfixes3              1:4.0.3-2        X11 miscellaneous 'fixes' extensio
ii  libxi6                  1:1.0.1-4        X11 Input extension library
ii  libxinerama1            1:1.0.2-1        X11 Xinerama extension library
ii  libxml2                 2.6.29.dfsg-1    GNOME XML library
ii  libxrandr2              2:1.2.1-1        X11 RandR extension library
ii  libxrender1             1:0.9.2-1        X Rendering Extension client libra
ii  zlib1g                  1: compression library - runtime

Versions of packages evolution recommends:
ii  evolution-plugins             2.10.2-1   standard plugins for Evolution
ii  gnome-desktop-data            2.18.2-1   Common files for GNOME 2 desktop a
pn  gnome-pilot-conduits          <none>     (no description available)
pn  spamassassin | bogofilter     <none>     (no description available)
ii  yelp                          2.14.3-2   Help browser for GNOME 2

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