[kdepim-users] kmail: various questions of a new user

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 09:31:37 GMT 2014

On Sunday November 16 2014 23:37:43 Erik Quaeghebeur wrote:

>1. kmail sends non-ASCII mails with a `Content-Transfer-Encoding` of `quoted-printable`; I prefer `8bit` for its better source-legibility (I am willing to risk non-8BITMIME-capable SMTP servers). Is it possible to have kmail use `8bit`?

I don't see an option for that either.

>2. For an identity, one can list aliases.
>2a. Is it possible to select from among those in some way in the mail editing window?

Doesn't look like it; the composer's From: field doesn't even do expansion from known addresses when you type in it.
My guess would be that an identity's email aliases are used to fill in the From: field when replying to a message, based on what address that message was received on. But if you want to be able to pick an alias without having to type it in (suppose *that* actually has the intended effect) it appears you have to make identities for them.

>2b. Is it possible to enter a regexp in the alias field?
Have you tried? ...

>3. Is it possible to directly edit the source of a message? (I am aware that I can use filters for most mail modification purposes, but sometimes just quickly editing the source is much more efficient; I did not manage to create a filter that passes the message content to kate and outputs what kate saves, but this may be because I am new to filters.)

There is an "Edit Message" option (shortcut "T") when you right-click on an entry in the message list. It might not do what you want though, at least it didn't for me when I tried with a message on an imap server.

>4b. ... changing the `Content-Transfer-Encoding` away from the source-illegible `base64`?

This one you might be able to pull off by redirecting the message to yourself (since KMail sends in quoted-printable).

I can't help but wonder though, why use a GUI email reader if you're that interested in reading raw email? 
Why not simply use pine?

>5. It seems that the message list styles applied for flags (important and action-item, say) are exclusive in the sense that I cannot combine, e.g., a font change for the one and a color change for the other if both flags are set. Is this correct, or is there a way to do this (editing theme files manually is OK as an option).

I think that's correct, and something I already flagged somewhere too.

KDE PIM users mailing list
Subscription management: https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kdepim-users

More information about the kdepim-users mailing list