The Original Pluto help files plus extras
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From: Jonathan Duddington
Subject: Filter/Killfile Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 12:35 Source: docs Incoming news and mail messages can be recognised as unwanted, according to various criteria, and be diverted into the Bin box, or a special box for Junk (which you can set to have a short expiry time). This mechanism can also be used as a filter to sort incoming news and mail messages into various boxes, for example, to send all messages from a particular person, or a specified newsgroup, to a specified box. Note: Don't use the Filter to separate articles for a Mail List. Instead, set up the Mail List in the NewsGroups list (from Lists->NewsGroups from Pluto's icon bar menu). Setting Up Filter Entries ========================= Choose "Lists->Filters" from the icon bar menu to display the filter list. You can add a new entry to the filter list by clicking on the "Plus" button. This brings up a dialogue box with the following fields: Type: Which field in the message is to be examined (see below). Box: The box into which matching messages are to be put. The default box name which is used here can be set with the Preferences->Misc dialogue. Copy To: If set, a copy of the message will also go into this box. Expiry: A date (in the form 01 Sep 98). The filter will be automatically deleted after this date. If you type a single number (rather than a date)into this field, it will be added to today's date to give the expiry date. Mail: Tick if you want incoming Mail messages to be matched against this entry. Mail Lists: Tick if you want Mail List messages to be matched against this entry. News: Tick if you want incoming News messages to be matched against this entry. The widest field is for the string to be matched against, see below. The "Type" field be one of the following: Author This matches the sender of the message against the specified string, which should be of the form: Domain This matches the domain part of the sender's address. The string should have the form: @argonet.co.uk> TitleStart This looks for a match with the specified string at the start of the message's Title. Title This looks for a match with the specified string anywhere within the message title. The # character can be used as a wildcard to match any single character. NewsThread This looks through the References: part of the message header for a match with the specified string. This can be used to filter messages which are replies to the one with this message-id. The string should be in the form: Path This looks for a match of the specified string with the END of the Path: string in the message's header. This can be used to recognise news messages coming from a particular sender even when the sender's address is faked. NewsGroup This will look for a match in the Newsgroups: part of a message header. This can be useful to kill unwanted cross- posted messages if you find that these often cross-posted to another group which aren't receiving yourself. Header Searches through the Internet Header of the message for the specified string. Text Searches through the Text of the message (not including the Internet Header) for the specified string. NumGroups Filters messages which are cross-posted to more than the specified number of newsgroups. The Tick and Cross buttons allow you to temporarily disable filter entries which have been selected. The Bin button allows you to delete the killfile entries which have been selected. Setting Killfile Entries from the Article Viewer ================================================ You can choose the "Killfile Add" option from the Article Viewer menu. This can automatically set up the Title, Author, Domain, or Message-ID from the current article into the Killfile Entry dialogue.
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