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Apple Mail, Gmail IMAP, play nicely!

Every so often, my blissful rage against linux is interrupted by some obnoxious hassle in my apple/google world. Mail connects via IMAP to gmail? Check! But what’s this? Mail automatically downloads all of my shitty spam from gmail? Cannot have! Do not want! Other syntax memes employed!

The solution is buried deep in google labs, and by deep, I mean one layer down. Here’s the fix:

  1. Cut a hole in a box
  2. Login to your gmail account, go to “settings” then “Labs”
  3. Under Labs, enable “Advanced IMAP Controls”
  4. Then, go to “Labels”. You’ll find a brand new check box next to each label, asking your permission to show that label when accounts sync by IMAP. Uncheck the spam box.
  5. Profit!

Ahhhhh, bliss. Now I can go back to loathing how Ubuntu renders on-screen fonts. Uggggggh.