A guide to the Pegasus Mail
Defaults subdirectory.

If you happen to look in the Pegasus Mail program directory there are a large number of files relating to Pegasus Mail, incorporating quite a range of suffices.
You will find some subdirectories as well, among them the "Defaults" directory. Below you will find information about the files in that directory:

In normal operation there is hardly any need to work with those files, but some of them can make e-mail live a bit easier.

This document is last updated 16-Mar-2014.

General purpose of the directory:

This directory is created on instalation time. The files placed in it are used when a fresh install is done. Whenever you want to revert back to original (empty) files, copy the file to your Home mailbox location.

Filename in the Defaults subdirectory Description
Basic.PNC This file contains the original settings for the basic Content Control settings, using white.pml, black.pml and spambust.dat
Those files can be used to create a blacklist and/or whitelist which is used by Content Control.
Those files contain an empty addressbook, to be used when your addressbook is screwed-up.
spambust.dat This is the most up-to-date file on release time, which holdes the rules used to define spam in Content Control.
These files are listed twice, one with a .pmm and one with a .pmi extension. These are the defaults files the installer will use when Pegasus Mail is installed the first time (or in a new directory).

When Pegasus Mail creates the folders an informational message about the purpose is placed in it.
Below you will find the text of the informational messages:

This is the message that will be placed in the "junk" folder

This folder is created automatically the first time you run Pegasus Mail. When you turn on Pegasus Mail's 'Content Control' feature to handle spam and other unwanted mail messages, this folder is where any unwanted mail will end up.

To turn on Pegasus Mail's Content Control feature, move the mouse up to the 'Tools' option on the menu bar and click it: from the menu that opens, select 'Content Control'. A dialog will open showing one or more Content Control definitions - simply select the one you want to use and click the 'Enable' button.

When you have enabled Content Control, Pegasus Mail will analyze all mail that arrives in your new mail folder, and if it thinks that it might be spam, it will move it into this folder automatically. You should probably take a quick look in this folder from time to time just in case a legitimate mail message has been detected as spam (when this happens, it is called "encountering a false positive").

For more help on content control, please select "Help index" from the "Help" menu and click on the "Content control (spam management)" link.

This is the message that will be placed in the "Copies to self" folder

This folder is automatically created by Pegasus Mail the first time you run the program. It is intended as the destination for your "copies to self": other programs may refer to this kind of thing as an "outbox", but Pegasus Mail does things a little differently.

To create a copy to self, check the control labelled "Copy self" in the message editor. When the message is sent, a copy of the message will be placed in this folder.

The "Copy self" setting is "sticky" - so, when you check it, it will remain checked for the next message you send and so on, until you manually uncheck it. You can control this behaviour on the "Copies to self" page of the Pegasus Mail "Options" dialog (which you can find on the "Tools" menu).

This is the message that will be placed in the "Main" folder

This folder is created automatically the first time you run Pegasus Mail: it is a general-purpose folder you can use for anything, but it also has another attribute that you might find useful.

You can configure Pegasus Mail so that any mail left in your new mail folder that you have read but not moved or deleted is automatically moved into this folder when the new mail folder is closed. To turn this feature on, move the mouse to the 'Tools' menu and click it: from the menu select 'Options' to open the Pegasus Mail options dialog. Select the 'Basic settings' page in the list of available settings pages.

The name of this folder, 'Main folder' should appear in the field called 'Name for default mail folder' - if it doesn't, type it in. Then make sure that the check box called 'Allow read messages to stay in the new mail folder' is unchecked.

Now, all mail that you read and leave in the new mail folder will be moved here when you close the new mail folder.


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