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hpr1727 :: Basic Mutt

Frank Bell discusses setting up and using Mutt as an email client.

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Using a text email client such as Mutt is quite a learning experience. Here is some information to help you get started.
The programs that Frank used to set up Mutt:
Getting and Sorting Mail:
Fetchmail http://sourceforge.net/projects/fetchmail/
Procmail and Formail http://www.procmail.org/
Reading and Composing Mail: Mutt http://www.mutt.org/
Sending Mail: msmtp http://msmtp.sourceforge.net/
These are the references that Frank found most helpful:
Configuring Mutt:
Quickstart Guide to Mutt: http://docs.huihoo.com/gentoo/resources/document-listing/guide-to-mutt.html
Calmar on Mutt: http://www.calmar.ws/mutt/
Feeding the Cloud: Handling multiple identities/accounts in mutt: http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/handling-multiple-identitiesaccounts-in/
Procmail (the UMBC link is a great introduction to procmail and procmail's regex):
Mail Filtering with Procmail: http://userpages.umbc.edu/~ian/procmail.html#example
http://www.linux-mag.com/id/826/
Some Text Browsers (for help in parsing HTML emails)
Lynx http://lynx.isc.org/
Links http://www.jikos.cz/~mikulas/links/
elinks http://elinks.or.cz/
w3m http://w3m.sourceforge.net/

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Comment #1 posted on 2015-03-17T16:09:37Z by archer72

Great show!
I have one tip. The rc file can be reloaded without restarting mutt. The command will do the same thing, and show any errors in the file setup.

Comment #2 posted on 2015-03-19T07:57:34Z by Jonas

Great show. I'm installing mutt now. I didn't realize you could use vi/vim as a mail editor/writer. I was also interested to hear how to use text web browsers and urlview in a text mail client. Great stuff.
It's always interesting to hear the different subjects the hosts have to talk about. Keep up the great work!

Comment #3 posted on 2015-03-21T15:08:39Z by rstackhouse

Automating alias file creation

Great show. I'm a programmer so my brain is geared to finding automatable tasks. Almost as soon as you mentioned the alias file, I started wondering if there was a way to automate adding to it. This guy used a vim autocommand to do it: http://www.twodee.org/blog/?p=7108. This guy used a Mutt display filter: http://wcm1.web.rice.edu/mutt-tips.html. I'm wondering about using procmail and some python for that purpose.

Comment #4 posted on 2016-03-13T12:31:11Z by Leslie Satenstein

Retired

A very nice podcast and I do appreciate the references.

I intend to follow up with mutt.

Comment #5 posted on 2016-03-15T03:08:46Z by Frank

Good luck with Mutt and thanks for listening.

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