Maurice McCarthy | 19 Apr 11:13 2014

Re: I how to customize the help line on top

 Yes you can. See the Mutt manual. In mutt press F1 or see and search for "key bindings".

 You have to  use the bind command in ~/.muttrc or in Mutt running. You
 have to restart Mutt to see the changes.

 Good Luck

 On 18/04/2014, michael kaiser <michael-lst <at>> wrote:
> Hallo all
> My mutt display a help line with any important keys.
> Can I customize this line with my own favorite key-bindings?
> Michael

michael kaiser | 18 Apr 18:44 2014

I how to customize the help line on top

Hallo all

My mutt display a help line with any important keys.
Can I customize this line with my own favorite key-bindings?


Chris Down | 18 Apr 10:57 2014

Using $display_filter with $hdr_order

I have a script that replaces the Date header in e-mail with one in my
local timezone. This works fine, but it stops hdr_order from working.

Without $display_filter set, $hdr_order works fine. When $display_filter
is set, $hdr_order stops functioning, and headers are displayed in
whatever order they are present in the output of the display filter in.

Is there some way to get $display_filter and $hdr_order to cooperate?

You can find the display filter I am using attached. I am using the
following configuration with Mutt 1.5.23:

    unhdr_order *
    hdr_order   From: To: Cc: Date: Subject:
    set display_filter = ~/.config/mutt/filters/local-date

Thanks. :-)


cat > "$temp"

date=$(formail -xDate: < "$temp")
date=$(date -R -d "$date")

formail -fI "Date: $date" < "$temp"

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Ulrich Lauther | 13 Apr 19:46 2014

[ulrich.lauther <at> Re: a few suggestions for the docu]

On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 09:23:07AM -0400, Patrick Shanahan wrote:
> > So index_format is there, alternates not.
> > 
> > If a complete list exists somewhere, I was not able to find it.
> If you would read the "
> see: 11. Alternative addresses
sure. But my complaint was, that there is no quick reference to ALL configuration
variables, at least not where one would expect.

If you look at the TOC you see

        7. Reference
                1. Command line options
                2. Patterns
                3. Configuration Commands
                4. Configuration variables

So you click happily on "Configuration variables" and find

        Table 7.3. Reference: Obsolete Variables

Not what you were hoping to find.


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Ulrich Lauther | 13 Apr 14:42 2014

a few suggestions for the docu


I have been using mutt for nearly 10 years, comming
from unix-mail and elm under various operating systems.

I have to admit, that I never read the 165 pages of the manual
but relied on "man mutt" and "man muttrc", but first of all
on the sample muttrc-file that comes with the distribution.
As I install mutt on a new system I use the sample muttrc file
and tailor it to my needs; so I am familiar with some of the
settings suggested and commented there.

BTW, in my current environment - Ubuntu 12.4 - pressing F1 does NOT
bring up the mutt-manual, but the manual of the gnome-termial in which
it is run.

When I realized that looking at my outbox the index showed my
email-address, not that of the recipient as I would have prefered,
I was not aware of the possibility to change this via folder-hook, 
index_format, and alternates.

So I asked on the list, which is, as Derek Martin pointed out,
"by far the fastest way to get the answer, if you can find
a group of people who have the knowledge and a willingness to help." 

This has generated a lot of traffic on the list, some kind and helpful,
some not so friendly.

I was pointed to index_format, and found there:

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David Woodfall | 12 Apr 14:36 2014

Does mail_check work on IMAP? (Slow checking time)


I've been trying to get mutt to check IMAP mail more frequently. At
the moment it seems to take 15 secs or so for a new message to appear
after I've actually recieved it (I have an audible new mail
notification that counts mailboxes for new mail).

I know 15 secs isn't actually /that/ slow, but would prefer it faster.

The mail_check period doesn't seem to make much difference in the case
of IMAP. I've tried a few settings in (5) muttrc, but nothing seems to

Any ideas?




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russurquhart1 | 8 Apr 21:32 2014

Can't send outgoing mail via Verizon

 I recently changed the incoming and outgoing email setting as per Verizon's request to use SSL. I have
gotten the incoming mail to work, but can't get the outgoing to work. It says it is trying to connect to, and it waits for a long time then fianlly it says sending in the background. (But i don't
think it is.)

In either case here is the item from my  muttrc file:

set smtp_url="smtps://myname:mypassword <at>"

I'm using mutt 1.5.19, and have compiled it for sasl, ssl, pop, smtp etc.

Has anyone had any problems with this?

Any help is greatly appreciated!



Ulrich Lauther | 7 Apr 21:12 2014

displaying the outbox

Hi all,

I save my outgoing messages in a file outbox,
using "set record=+outbox " in my .muttrc

Now when I open this file (mutt -f outbox),
I see the subjects of the sent messages, that´s fine.
I also see the sender, who is always myself - no surprise.
It would be much more helpfull, to see the recipient instead.
Is there an option to achieve this?

Thanks for any help!


Patrick Ben Koetter | 7 Apr 13:36 2014

Encrypting to gpg groups


is it possible to automatically send encrpyted messages to GnuPG groups?

From gpg(1):

    --group name=value1
        Sets  up  a  named group, which is similar to aliases in email
        programs.  Any time the group name is a recipient (-r or --recipient),
        it will be expanded to the values specified.

I thought I'd give it a try, but failed. What I tried was adding a group like
this and send a message to vorstand <at>

$ grep vorstand <at> ~/.gnupg/gpg.conf 
group vorstand <at> = p <at> m <at>


p <at> rick


Patrick Ben Koetter
p <at>

Chris Down | 7 Apr 05:16 2014

Mutt output garbled after fullscreen mailcap entry

I use the following entry in my mailcap to view images fullscreen:

    image/*; sxiv -bf %s

This displays images full screen in sxiv. However, this causes me to
need to restart mutt afterwards (C-l does not fix it), as the display
gets garbled.

After I close the fullscreen window, the attachment menu still looks
fine. The problems start after I go back into the pager view, which has
become shifted up so that around 20 lines of the mail are missing. Going
back into the index view results in a totally blank screen, except for
the pager status bar, which is somehow sitting around half way up the
screen, even though the index status bar is now correctly showing at the
bottom of the screen.

Pressing j/k to move the cursor between messages results in them being
drawn one by one. next-page/previous-page draws most of the index, but
has some missing spaces that are just totally black where mails should

Any ideas? Thanks.
Matthias Apitz | 3 Apr 20:37 2014

reading mail with IMAPS, editing/sending SMTP and IMAPS closed connection


I'm connected to our corporate M$ server with IMAPS and when I do reply,
I'm using sendmail to handover the mail to my FreeBSD MTA ... provider
SMTP chain. This works fine.

The problem is: When it takes some time to edit the mail in vi, I
encounter on return to the mutt mail listing, that the IMAPS connection
was closed meanwhile (perhaps by our corporate firewall). Is there some
keep alive mutt could do in the background while I'm thinking and



Sent from my FreeBSD netbook

Matthias Apitz, <guru <at>>, f: +49-170-4527211
UNIX since V7 on PDP-11, UNIX on mainframe since ESER 1055 (IBM /370)
UNIX on x86 since SVR4.2 UnixWare 2.1.2, FreeBSD since 2.2.5