GrowlMail and Filters

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GrowlMail and Filters

Postby spud@nothingness.org » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:07 pm

I have about 10 email accounts, and I've been using GrowlMail for alerts, and to send SELECTIVE notifications to my iPhone via Prowl.

Any time I subscribe to a mailing list, I use my "lists@..." email address. Mail.app checks the "lists" email address, and filters the mail into various mail folders based on the mailing list it came from. I do NOT need, or want, to have notifications for mail from mailing list mail via Growl or Prowl, so I de-selected the "lists" account in GrowlMail.

I do NOT have the "Only notify for mails in my Inbox" checked -- precisely because I DO want notifications for mail to my business address which may have been filtered into a client sub-folder.

Growl still notifies me of mail from mailing lists, and displays the account as "(On My Mac)".

"On My Mac)" is obviously not an account, it's a location. There is paltry documentation for any of the settings in GrowlMail (like what does "Let GrowlMail decide" do really do?), but it seems patently incorrect to display -- or behave -- as if "On My Mac)" is an account.

Can anyone offer more information on how GrowlMail access the mail, at what point in the filtering process, and how it might be configured to avoid sending me notifications from a particular account, no matter where that mail was filtered to by Mail.app?

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Re: GrowlMail and Filters

Postby boredzo » Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:36 am

spud@nothingness.org wrote:… what does "Let GrowlMail decide" do really do?


Notice the two options above it. When you “Let GrowlMail decide”, it will show one notification per message when you get one or a few at a time, or a summary (“42 new emails”) when you get a lot of new messages at once, as often happens when one starts Mail in the morning.

Can anyone offer more information on how GrowlMail access the mail, at what point in the filtering process…


GrowlMail isn't involved in the filtering process at all. It watches for Mail to add a message to a mailbox. A filter rule is one reason why Mail may do that.

… and how it might be configured to avoid sending me notifications from a particular account, no matter where that mail was filtered to by Mail.app?


There are checkboxes for this in GrowlMail's preferences pane in Mail, but as you pointed out, “(On my Mac)” is not an actual account, so it doesn't show up there.

You may be better off writing an AppleScript script and adding it to your rules.


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