How to mark mails as read/seen at delivery with the courier maildrop filter?

January 30, 2008

There is no clean way to do this, but I stilled needed to do it so I wrote this hack. Use it at your own risk. I’m using it for the spam mails I get, which have been marked by spam assassin. This mails should be delivered into the Junk folder and be marked as read so only new ham messages are counted/shown if I open my mailbox.

Download the markasseen.py script to /usr/local/sbin/ and set the executable flag. Now you only need to write following into the wished ~/.mailfilter file:


# filter spam mails and mark them as read
if ((/^X-Spam-Flag:.*YES/))
{
  cc "./Maildir/.Junk/."
  JUNK=`/usr/local/sbin/markAsSeen.py "./Maildir/.Junk/."`
  exit
}

Important: This script is only safe to use if all messages in a given folder should be marked as read!!

If you’ve a better way to mark messages as read on delivery tell me!

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