Mail.App, GPGMail bundle and unread bit

I seemed to always have a problem with the unread bit getting "forgotten" on Mail.app. I thought it was a bug on Apple's product but apparently the bug is actually on the GPGMail bundle. Here is how to fix it.

According to The FAQ you're supposed to disable the automatic encryption/verification of emails. It does say that it doesn't help everyone. Well the reason is that you also have to make sure the "Only if Message is Unread" checks are clear (even if you disable it). So to keep the automatic verification but fix the bug with the unread stuff make your settings look like this:

Gpg Mail Settings Unread fix

Credit should go to a post on Dr Bacchus' Journal by Leander which references The GPGMail FAQ and a message explaining the full problem at the Sente mailing lists.

This really makes my day. I love using gpg but I also have to write a lot of mail and love the help the bundle provides. I had uninstalled it for a while because the read bit problem was screwing up my mental workflow.

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8 Comments

Dylan CarlsonApril 8th, 2007 at 5:56 am

Thanks for the tip. One of the most annoying, persistent bugs I’ve had and would not have personally assumed it was related to GPGMail. Cheers

Sam Sargeant » links for 2007-05-04May 3rd, 2007 at 4:35 pm

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BillMay 16th, 2007 at 9:37 am

Awesome. This has been driving me nuts for ages. I never imagined it was GPGMail. Almost tried installing a new IMAP.

Many thanks for the solution. :)

JonMay 25th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Thanks! This has been bugging me for quite some time :)

IvanAugust 14th, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bye, Thunderbird!!!!!!!!!!!

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JorgeNovember 13th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

Years… YEARS suffering this bug!!! I can’t thank you enough!!! :D

well...March 2nd, 2010 at 1:44 am

Thx! Kept me from switching to another mail client :)

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