[kdepim-users] Identities in Kmail

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at kde.org
Tue Sep 16 20:22:41 BST 2008

On Tuesday 16 September 2008, Art Alexion wrote:
> On Sep 15, 2008, at 4:20 PM, Ingo Klöcker <kloecker at kde.org> wrote:
> > On Monday 15 September 2008, Stan Goodman wrote:
> >> At 19:39:59 on Monday Monday 15 September 2008, Anne Wilson
> >> <cannewilson at googlemail.com> wrote:
> >>> On Monday 15 September 2008 10:57:09 Stan Goodman wrote:
> >>>> This does not do what I expected, and the message nevertheless
> >>>> goes out with the Default identity; without any change by the
> >>>> filter. What, if anything, do I have to do to choose these
> >>>> variant identities for those outgoing messages? If this is
> >>>> impossible, I am at a loss to understand what is the purpose of
> >>>> having more than one identity.
> >>>
> >>> Stan, I've never tried to do that using filters so I honestly
> >>> don't know whether it's possible.  On my system I have separate
> >>> folders for such criteria as needing a particular identity.  Then
> >>> it's easy, using the folder's context menu
> >>
> >>
> >> But then I do not grasp the purpose of the unexplained ability in
> >> the Filter-configuration window, for allowing selection of
> >> identity; I wonder if anyone does.
> >
> > It is meant for incoming messages. If you reply to an incoming
> > message that has been assigned to a certain identity then this
> > identity will be
> > used for the reply. So really the only problem is with new
> > messages.
> Ingo, does this reply using the same identity as the incoming
> identity behavior only work in folders where no particular identity
> has been set?

No, the preference for choosing an identity for a reply is as follows:

1. The identity defined for the message (which can be set explicitly via 
a filter) is used.
2. KMail looks for an identity matching one of the recipients.
3. KMail uses the identity defined for the folder.

So the folder identity is only used as last resort.

This is for KMail 1.9.x, but I don't think it has changed with KMail 

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