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'[OT]: Advice sought on Outlook Express message rul'
2002\04\15@204141 by Russell McMahon

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Lots of OE  (Outlook Express) users here so someone may have some experience
of this.

I'm running OE5.5 and Win98 SE on this PC.
I have a complex set of OE message rules in place.
Everything I read says that the rules work in descending order, the top rule
acting first, and this is my recollection of how the rules worked for me
previously.

However, my rules NOW appear to be working "bottom up" with the rules at the
bottom of the list taking precedence over those further up. An OE reinstall
didn't change this (but did get the previously defunct spelling checker
working).

Has anyone else experienced this and is there  a known way of changing this?




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2002\04\15@215333 by Barry Gershenfeld

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Not the same mailer, but a possible lead.

If you have several rules, it may keep going after it finds a
matching one.  That is, a later rule may also match and
cause the message to be moved to another box.  In that
case it appears that the last rule "has prioirity".  The
fix is that there should be an action called "stop" or
"skip the rest".

Come to think of it, I first saw this in kmail.  I think
it's in later Eudora versions, too.   As for lookOut,
you're on your own.

Barry


At 12:40 PM 4/16/02 +1200, you wrote:
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2002\04\16@045509 by Russell McMahon

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> In the list of actions, there is a "Stop processing more rules" - which I
> assume is applicable on a per message basis, rather than stopping
processing
> all rules for all messages.

Thanks, I'll see what that does BUT most of my rules are MOVEs and it does
the bottom applicable ones first and then fails the upper ones as the
message has been moved.

It is definitely doing it backwards - I transferred the key items from the
top to the bottom and now it works just fine :-)
But I'd like to know if I'm the only one with this result.

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2002\04\16@050100 by Alan B. Pearce

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>Thanks, I'll see what that does BUT most of my rules are MOVEs and it does
>the bottom applicable ones first and then fails the upper ones as the
>message has been moved.
>
>It is definitely doing it backwards - I transferred the key items from the
>top to the bottom and now it works just fine :-)
>But I'd like to know if I'm the only one with this result.

I have noticed this as well, it took me a little while to realise this was
the order things were happening when I was first setting up my rules. I just
put up with it as just another quirk of a M$ product :)

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2002\04\16@062050 by Jon Baker

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell McMahon" <EraseMEapptechspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTparadise.net.nz>


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I wonder if its doing this:
( rule 1 moves piclist messsages to the piclist folder )
( rule 2 moves messages about IDE to an IDE folder )

1) Message arrives ( eg from piclist with IDE in the subject)
2) Run through rules

Rule1 - Yes its a piclist message so set the move flag and destination is
"piclist"

Rule2 - Yes its an ide message so set the move flag and destination is "ide"

3) when all the rules are done, OE performs whatever the flags are now set
to, so the message will get moved to the "ide" folder

So it looks like its running it backwards only because the later rules
supercede the earlier ones.

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2002\04\16@063750 by Jon Baker

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Now it's gone to the right place...

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Russell McMahon" <@spam@apptechKILLspamspamparadise.net.nz>

> > However, my rules NOW appear to be working "bottom up" with the rules at
> the
> > bottom of the list taking precedence over those further up. An OE
> reinstall
> > didn't change this (but did get the previously defunct spelling checker
> > working).
> >
> > Has anyone else experienced this and is there  a known way of changing
> this?
>
In the list of actions, there is a "Stop processing more rules" - which I
assume is applicable on a per message basis, rather than stopping processing
all rules for all messages.

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2002\04\16@141644 by Dal Wheeler

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Does the rules move up/down seem to change any of this?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell McMahon"
> Lots of OE  (Outlook Express) users here so someone may have some
experience
> of this.
>
> I'm running OE5.5 and Win98 SE on this PC.
> I have a complex set of OE message rules in place.
> Everything I read says that the rules work in descending order, the top
rule
> acting first, and this is my recollection of how the rules worked for me
> previously.
>
> However, my rules NOW appear to be working "bottom up" with the rules at
the
> bottom of the list taking precedence over those further up. An OE
reinstall
> didn't change this (but did get the previously defunct spelling checker
> working).

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