imap kewords (custom flags)

chris coleman christocoleman at
Sat Mar 1 03:31:48 GMT 2014

Agreed!  It's essential for this type of feature- the user's own custom flags implemented as imap keywords- to respect the privacy of the user- none of the user's labels should ever be visible to others involved in email conversations.

On Friday, February 28, 2014 10:23 PM, Jochen Schröder <cycomanic at> wrote:

I was wondering if there is a plan to add support for imap keywords 
(custom flags), similar to gmail labels. I saw that there were some 
patches fromErik Quaeghebeur about a year ago:

But after some discussion nothing happened. I'm willing to do the work 
of bringing those patches up to speed, but if there are reasons why they 
were never accepted in the first place so I don't waste my time.

As a side note, I think the approach of storing keywords in xattr of the 
files is much better than the approach of adjusting the mail headers 
(like proposed somewhere else). The problem of adding the keywords to 
the mail is that they can leak, i.e. if I label all my bosses emails as 
"idiot" but reply or forward one of the emails, that label is contained 
in the mail and can be seen by my boss.


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