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hpr1727 :: Basic Mutt

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

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Hosted by Frank Bell on 2015-03-17 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
Mutt, email, procmail, fetchmail. 5.
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Duration: 00:31:42


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:
Procmail and Formail
Reading and Composing Mail: Mutt
Sending Mail: msmtp
These are the references that Frank found most helpful:
Configuring Mutt:
Quickstart Guide to Mutt:
Calmar on Mutt:
Feeding the Cloud: Handling multiple identities/accounts in mutt:
Procmail (the UMBC link is a great introduction to procmail and procmail's regex):
Mail Filtering with Procmail:
Some Text Browsers (for help in parsing HTML emails)


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Comment #1 posted on 2015-03-17 16:09:37 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 2015-03-19 07:57:34 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 2015-03-21 15:08:39 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: This guy used a Mutt display filter: I'm wondering about using procmail and some python for that purpose.

Comment #4 posted on 2016-03-13 12:31:11 by Leslie Satenstein


A very nice podcast and I do appreciate the references.

I intend to follow up with mutt.

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

Good luck with Mutt and thanks for listening.

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