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I've just subscribed to an Apache mailing list and would like to filter out the incoming emails.

How do I create a filter to only receive the answers to my messages and not all posts from other users?

If this is not possible, how can I just receive the mails with [digester] as the subject line prefix?

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What's your email of use here? Gmail? Yahoo!? – Eight Days of Malaise Feb 27 '11 at 2:45
@Eight Days of Malaise gmail – Patrick Feb 27 '11 at 8:20
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In Gmail create a filter:
1. In "Create Filter" write into Subject: -[digester] and into "Has the words" write list:user@commons.apache.org (depending to which list you are subscribed to)
2. In the next step select "Delete it"
This will delete all mails received from the mailing list that do not contain [digester] in the subject the moment they arrive into your inbox.

UPDATE: I couldn't find a way to filter by In-Reply-To or References email header used by the mailing list to create threads but you could try something like this: list:user@commons.apache.org (subject:(-[digester]) OR -your_email@gmail.com)
This will keep also mails that contain your email address somewhere and so are likely to be replies to you.

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ok and what about receiving only my answers.. is also possible ? – Patrick Feb 27 '11 at 10:40

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