In reply to this post by Gnome Evolution - General mailing list
On 2021-01-20 at 14:30 -0600, Anonymous Japhering wrote:
> Evolution 3.38.4 (flatpak git5dcefb2)
> I'm currently being overrun by emails from on particular source,
> which unfortunately I need to read every single
> I know I can set a rule to peel all of then off into a separate
> folder, but that negates the value of using Imap as the
> folder only exists in Evolution. Additionally, it loses me some of
> the context of what came in with any particular email.
I suspect moving them to a separate folder _would_ be the right
approach, as that way you create a different flow, which can be
processed separatedly. Or, if emails from that source (priority S) are
mixed in a thread from other people which should be processed with
normal priority, I would recommend using a virtual folder to hide this
Anyway, if you want to do that as a folder search
> So the question is ... can one do a negative search on an inbox?
> Something like !<email address> or -<email address>,
> these two variants return a completely empty response ( even though
> the inbox has about 10,000 emails of which currently
> about 2,500 I'd like to exclude.
…the answer is, obviously, yes.
The standard way to do this would be to click on the magnifier glass, →
Advanced Search → Add Condition → Sender → is not → <that
If you want to define the rule directly as text, instead of Advanced
select Free form expression and input "not:(from:<email address>)"
Also note, you can create virtual folders, both for the search of
emails from this soruce and not from this source.