Xu Wang | 22 May 14:59 2015

quickly switching to an alternate for "from"

Dear all,

To switch the "from" field to one of my alternates when reviewing an
email I wrote right before I press 'y' to send, is there a quick way?
I understand that I can do "ESC + f" and then enter it manually. But
how can I switch quickly and limit the choice to just those email
addresses that I have set as alternates?

Kind regards,


cipher | 22 May 02:56 2015

unable to send email

trying to send a email in Mutt 1.5.23 on OS X

I have tried the following

set smtp_url = "smtps://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:587/"
set smtp_url = "smtps://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:465/"
set smtp_url = "smtps://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:25/“

set smtp_url = "smtp://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:587/"
set smtp_url = "smtp://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:465/"
set smtp_url = "smtp://me <at> site.com:password <at> mail.site.com:25/"

and get these errors 

SASL authentication failed

SSL failed: error:140770FC:SSL routines:SSL23_GET_SERVER_HELLO:unknown protocol

No authenticators available

also have tried adding 

set smtp_authenticators = 'gssapi:login'
set ssl_starttls=yes
set ssl_force_tls = yes 

no matter what combo of settings in .muttrc I can't send a email from mutt to my exchange server

anyone have a working mutt to a exchange 2013 server ?
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Xu Wang | 21 May 08:15 2015

Send all postponed messages?

Dear all,

I would like to have a key that is bound to a function that sends all
drafts, one by one. I have searched and have not found any mutt
solution, although I have found external solutions:


Is it indeed too difficult to do it entirely within mutt?



Tom Fowle | 21 May 05:36 2015

Re: sending with mutt and fastmail

Javi and Kevin & all,
Trying the simplest suggestions first,
removed smtp_pass from the string and added the 
set certificates line.
Thanks didn't realize needed that.
If this works, yay, if not I'll try Javi's simple .muttrc
Hopefully and thanks all

cipher | 20 May 16:39 2015

Re: Unable to send, and certificate error

checked comp.mail.mutt and no such thread . can you send me the SMTP config….. cause that is all that is not
working, IMAP is all good, but no SMTP 


> On May 15, 2015, at 3:11 AM, Andrzej Popielewicz <apopiele <at> amu.edu.pl> wrote
> Check news group comp.mail.mutt
> and the recent thread "using mutt to access gmail via imap".
> You will find there working smtp configuration for two imap servers. BTW I use the same configuration for
my POPS account.
> As far as "not match hostname" is concerned , I have observed that changing the name of the mail server
helps. For example in my case mail.icpnet.pl and mail.inea.pl mean the same server and one produces this
message and another not. They change the name of the server but preserve for backward compatibility the
old name .
> Andrzej

Tom Fowle | 20 May 06:45 2015

sending from mutt to fastmail back from the dead?

Tried to solve this a year or so back, gave up but now trying again.
running Debian wheezie
Below is my .muttrc file for my fastmail account with passwords removed.
Mutt receives fine, but when sending says:
"connecting to fastmail.fm
connection refused could not connect to fastmail.fm

Now we all know that it must be 
and that appears! to be what the .muttrc file says!
There is no systemwide .muttrc file. Where the H----- else can mutt be
getting the wrong server name?

There is no issue with network ports, needed libraries or the like I can
I think it's a poltergheist or an evil "daemon"
I've also tried msmtp, esmtp etc. all have various problems.

Hope somebody can spot the problem, getting tired of using the fastmail
interface for sending! 

# mutt configuration specific to fastmail using IMAP
set from="Tom Fowle <wa6ivgtf <at> fastmail.fm>"
#set menu_scroll = no
#set meta_key = no
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max | 19 May 07:58 2015

S/MIME key renewal

Hi all,

My smime certificate recently expired and I've had to renew it. Now I'm 
not entirely sure how I should use it. My first attempt was to import it 
using smime_keys and then updating my smime_default_key entry:
set smime_default_key = '73bb549d.0'
set smime_default_key = '73bb549d.1'

This has the annoying consequence, that i can not open any emails that 
were encrypted using the old key. Reading man muttrc, I thought that 
setting 'set smime_decrypt_use_default_key = no' would be the solution. 
This makes decrypting past emails a very tedious task since it asks me 
what key to use on every message.

Finally, i tried setting
set smime_default_key = '73bb549d.0 73bb549d.1'
This solution works, but is similarly tedious as the one above.

Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any documentation that gives 
me a solution that results in a convenient solution.

Could someone please point out my errors? Any tips are very welcome.

Thank you in advanve,
Will Yardley | 16 May 00:02 2015

certificate chains

I just switched our SSL certificates to newer ones (they used intermediate
certificates before as well). Before, I didn't need to accept or save the
certificates as long as $ssl_ca_certificates_file was set to the system bundle
(which has at least the root certificate in the chain, based on the
fingerprint). Since upgrading, though, I'm prompted to accept *all*
certificates in the chain when connecting via IMAP.

Does the extra "anchor" cause a problem, or is there some other problem I'm

The chain, as reported by openssl s_client -connect [host]:993:

Certificate chain
 0 s:/C=US/postalCode=XXXXXXXX
   i:/C=US/ST=MI/L=Ann Arbor/O=Internet2/OU=InCommon/CN=InCommon RSA Server CA
 1 s:/C=US/ST=MI/L=Ann Arbor/O=Internet2/OU=InCommon/CN=InCommon RSA Server CA
   i:/C=US/ST=New Jersey/L=Jersey City/O=The USERTRUST Network/CN=USERTrust RSA Certification Authority
 2 s:/C=US/ST=New Jersey/L=Jersey City/O=The USERTRUST Network/CN=USERTrust RSA Certification Authority
   i:/C=SE/O=AddTrust AB/OU=AddTrust External TTP Network/CN=AddTrust External CA Root
 3 s:/C=SE/O=AddTrust AB/OU=AddTrust External TTP Network/CN=AddTrust External CA Root
   i:/C=SE/O=AddTrust AB/OU=AddTrust External TTP Network/CN=AddTrust External CA Root

$ mutt -D | egrep "ssl|certificate"
ssl_force_tls is unset
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cipher | 14 May 15:14 2015

Unable to send, and certificate error

cant send email, and when trying to send email get a certificate error

[ with these settings ]

set smtp_url = "smtp://user <at> mail.domain.com:25/"
set ssl_starttls=yes

[ get this ]
Authenticating (NTLM)...
SASL authentication failed

[ with these setting ]
set smtp_url = "smtp://user <at> domain.com <at> mail.domain.com:25/"
set ssl_starttls=yes

[ get this ]
Authenticating (NTLM)...
SASL authentication failed

tried with set ssl_starttls=no
and same issue

also have certificate issues

[ with these settings ]
set certificate_file = ~/.mutt/certificate

[ get thsi ]
Certificate host check failed: certificate owner does not match hostname mail.domain.com

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Xu Wang | 11 May 09:19 2015

mark as read all messages with message ID

Hello all,

In the pager or index, I would like to mark as read every message in
all mail boxes with the same message ID as the email that is
highlighted. How can I do
to every such message?

If you are curious about motivation, it is because GMail treats labels
as different folders. So when we sync back, to have a message marked
as read in GMail, it must be marked as read in all labels (or in
Mutt's point of view, folders).

Best regards,


Ian Zimmerman | 11 May 04:55 2015

Some desired features, do they exist?

I'm just getting started using mutt as my main user agent.  It has long
been my MUA of last resort but the others suck more and more :(

So, naturally I'm going to post here asking for the features I saw
elsewhere and miss in mutt :-P  For now, these are:

1. The prefix in the index indicating an address is a destination rather
than a source seems to be hardcoded to To, Cc or Bcc depending on the
header where it occurs.  But these take up precious screen space.  I'd
like them to be configurable, so I can change them to some Unicode arrow
characters or even to the empty string.

2. Mailman managed lists (and maybe others) insert the annoying [Foo-List]
tags in the Subject header.  Other MUAs allow one to massage the Subject
header (for display only) so as to hide the tag, and (again) save screen
space.  Is this possible with mutt?  Should it be?

If it turns out these things cannot be done at present, I'm up for
writing some code to implement them.  I just want to check that I
haven't overlooked something that's there, and that nobody else is
working on them already.



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