[Users] [Bug 3818] On Mailbox with various folders with unread mail "next unread" jumps to next folder with unread mail

Olaf Hering olaf at aepfle.de
Fri Apr 28 15:59:42 CEST 2017

Am Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:09:13 +0100
schrieb Paul <claws at thewildbeast.co.uk>:

> On Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:38:04 +0200
> Olaf Hering <olaf at aepfle.de> wrote: 
> > ... and shift+g is jump to other folder. Something that is now
> > duplicated by shift+n.   
> Not really. shift+g (/View/Go to/Folder) is for going to any folder,
> and presents the folder selection dialogue for choosing the folder.
> And that's quite different from shift+n.

For me shift+g goes to the next folder with unread messages. If that happens by accident or because I unknowingly adjusted some knobs or because that's the default, no idea.

> > This response indicates that the UI of 3.15
> > is supposed to stay in its now broken state.  
> 'broken'? What I do have a vague plan to add is when using go to
> [next|previous] and reaching the end, show a dialogue asking 'go to
> next folder or go the beginning of the current folder', etc. Is that
> what you are hinting at?

Another dialog would be cumbersome. The one from 'shift+p' is already unpleasant.

As several people already pointed out, the changes in 3.15 implement unexpected behavior. I for one expect that 'next unread' cycles within the same folder until all messages are read. At least that is what I'm used to. If the next step would be 'jump to other folder' or just do noting with shift+n is probably a matter of taste.

So far I could not come up with a good explanation what the change is actually trying to achieve or fix. If the cursor is (for whatever reason) in the middle of a list of unread messages, why would one want to go just in a single direction to the very end, and then stop there?

Today I briefly looked at the source to find the reason why 'shift+p' would show a popup, and 'shift+n' would not. There is a knob "next_unread_msg_dialog". For some reason its only shown for 'shift+p'.

If it is set to "assume no" I finally got a UI I can live with: 'shift+n/p' go to the end of each direction, and only 'shift+g' will switch folders. No more unexpected jumps to other folders. That enables me to use thread-view again, instead of a flat list ordered by date. So I think I'm all set.

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