Junk Mail Settings


Evolution lets you check for unwanted junk or spam email by using the Bogofilter or SpamAssassin tools. To use these tools, you need to make sure that they are installed via the software management tool of your distribution.

You might need to install Bogofilter or SpamAssassin to perform these steps.

SpamAssassin works through a set of predefined rules, hence it can determine spam straight away. Bogofilter does not come with a default set of spam criteria so it will not automatically filter anything after installing it. You must train it first to make it work. You can modify the actions of SpamAssassin by training it as well.

Junk Mail Folder

Messages that are marked as junk (either manually by the user or automatically via SpamAssassin or Bogofilter) will be moved to the Junk mail folder.

Junk Mail Preferences

The junk mail options discussed in this page refer only to POP and Local Delivery accounts. For handling junk mail on IMAP accounts, see the Evolution settings under Edit ▸ Preferences ▸ Mail Accounts ▸ Edit ▸ Receiving Options.

You can modify how Evolution handles junk mail by changing the Junk Mail Preferences:

  1. Click Edit ▸ Preferences or press Shift+Ctrl+S.

  2. Select Mail Preferences.

  3. Click on the Junk tab. Here, you can specify the following:

    • Checking incoming messages for junk.

    • Deleting junk messages upon exit, and how often junk messages are to be deleted.

    • Marking messages as not junk if the sender is in the address book.

    • Checking custom mail headers (added by your mail server) for junk.

For more information and specific Bogofilter or SpamAssassin configuration questions it is recommended to check out the Frequently Asked Questions for Bogofilter resp. SpamAssassin.