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Re: [VM] message labels & usage pattern

From: Julian Bradfield
Subject: Re: [VM] message labels & usage pattern
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 20:05:07 +0000
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On 2012-03-21, Kyle Farrell <address@hidden> wrote:
> Basically, in going through mail I'll find something I should reply
> to, but maybe not immediately.  What I've been doing is adding a
> message label of "todo_{X}_{Y}" where X/Y may be a calendar date.
> Each day I come into the office, I can create a virtual folder of
> "todo_{today}", and see what I've put off and am on the hook for (at
> this point I'm not too concerned about year).  A minor functionality

I do something similar but more sophisticated. For many years I've
been labelling messages that need attention with "***" (also with "**"
and "*", but these are so non-urgent they never get done;-). These get
flagged up with red summary lines.
Nowadays, I can label messages "***2012-04-03", and VM will convert
the label to "***" on the given date.

> point is it would be nice to create a virtual folder of labels
> matching a regular expression.

Agreed. I've almost got to the point of doing this, but still don't
have quite enough spare round tuits.

> First thing I noticed is that deleting a label from all messages does
> not delete that label from the folder (all labels show up as possible
> completions).  So I've got a growing set of labels.  Is it possible to
> delete the label from the folder?

There's no official API  to do this. But in a live folder you can do
 (unintern label vm-label-obarray)
to remove the label from the list that gets stashed when the folder is

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