Bug 2535 - Folders-of-folders should show total messages of child folders
Summary: Folders-of-folders should show total messages of child folders
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Claws Mail
Classification: Unclassified
Component: UI/Folder List (show other bugs)
Version: 3.7.10
Hardware: PC Linux
: P3 enhancement
Assignee: users
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Reported: 2011-11-05 09:02 CET by Michael Mounteney
Modified: 2019-08-29 18:06 CEST (History)
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Description Michael Mounteney 2011-11-05 09:02:09 CET
For example, given the hierarchy:

   forms      0      0      0
      2009    0      3     29
      2010    0      0     15
      2011    0      2      7

it would be nice if the 'forms' folder showed the total of the three folders within it, thus:

   forms      0      5     51
      2009    0      3     29
      2010    0      0     15
      2011    0      2      7

I hope that this would apply to the RSSyl folder as well.
Comment 1 Little Girl 2011-11-05 19:08:22 CET
I would love this enhancement as well.

This enhancement report has sparked a conversation in the Claws Mail mailing list with the current overwhelming consensus being to leave it as is to prevent confusion.

I propose making it optional by offering users a box to tick in Configuration --> Preferences.
Comment 2 Michael Mounteney 2011-11-05 21:49:47 CET
I am astonished that anyone would argue against the enhancement.

See for example KMail or kagregator;  the total-of-folders figure only appears when the folder is collapsed, so there is no confusion.  Regretably, the KSC continues to be unreliable, even in 4.7.2, as well as a performance hog, which is why I am now using claws (on XFCE).

A further option that I would like to see is that 0 figures should be suppressed, as this would greatly reduce clutter on the summary view.
Comment 3 Little Girl 2011-11-07 01:02:35 CET
I think those who are against it are probably used to (and comfortable with) the current method of display.

As to 0 figures being suppressed, that would be a nice option for those of you who would like it, but I'm content with them being displayed since it's just three icons. (:
Comment 4 Colin Leroy 2011-11-07 09:09:44 CET
Hi,

> As to 0 figures being suppressed, that would be a nice option for those of you
> who would like it, but I'm content with them being displayed since it's just
> three icons. (:

Checkout the hidden 'zero_replacement_char' preference for that...
Comment 5 Colin Leroy 2011-11-07 09:11:10 CET
Concerning the original enhancement request, a tooltip may be the best solution. 

Having a single column displaying different kind of data is completely anti-intuitive in my opinion...
Comment 6 Michael Mounteney 2011-11-07 19:13:39 CET
"different kind of data" ?  The column shows 'number of contained messages', either directly or indirectly contained.  Simple.
Comment 7 Little Girl 2011-11-08 21:16:14 CET
> Checkout the hidden 'zero_replacement_char' preference for that...

That should work perfectly for those who want it. (:

> Having a single column displaying different kind of data is completely
anti-intuitive in my opinion...

It's actually about all three columns - the New, Unread, and Total columns.

As an example, I have a folder called Archives. There are no messages stored directly in that folder, but there are three sub-folders in it, each of which contains messages. The way the columns work currently, even though there are 6 new messages, 6 unread messages, and 18 total messages in the sub-folders, the numbers in the columns of the Archives folder tell me there are 0 new messages, 0 unread messages, and 0 total messages:

Archives           0      0     0
    Folder One     1      1     3
    Folder Two     2      2     6
    Folder Three   3      3     9

Here is how they would look if the numbers in the Archives folder gave me the totals from the sub-folders:

Archives           6      6    18
    Folder One     1      1     3
    Folder Two     2      2     6
    Folder Three   3      3     9

From the responses to this bug in the mailing list I know some people prefer to have the numbers reflect only the totals of any messages directly in a folder and not have it add in the totals from sub-folders. As a result, it would be nice to have this be optional. (: