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Looking for an email client that offers superior performancewithout sacrificing on features? Take a look at Mutt, the planet's coolestmail client, from the perspective of a long-time fan and user, and find outwhat you've been missing.

  1. A Man And His Mutt
  2. Feature Overload
  3. Road Test
  4. Room With A View
  5. Don't Ask
  6. Looking Good, Feeling Better
  7. Three's A Crowd
  8. Reach Out And Touch Someone
  9. Hooking Up
  10. Beep Beep
  11. Webcrawling
By: Vikram Vaswani, (c) Melonfire
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December 04, 2001

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By default, Mutt assumes that your mailboxes are stored in a directory named "Mail" under your home directory. If this isn't to your liking (it annoyed me immensely until I found out how to change it), you can specify a different location:
set folder=~/mail               # mail folder
While you're at it, you should also define the locations for your inbox, outbox and postponed-messages box:
set mbox=~/mail/inbox           # location of inbox
set record=~/mail/outbox        # location of outbox
set postponed=~/mail/postponed  # location of postponed messages
You already know that the
key is used to capture email addresses and create aliases for them. You can specify the location of the file which stores these aliases:
set alias_file=~/mail/aliases.mutt       # location of alias file
If you'd like this file read into memory every time Mutt starts up, you'll need to source it, like this:
source ~/mail/aliases.mutt               # read all my aliases into memory
source ~/mail/aliases.personal
source ~/mail/aliases.business
Once these aliases are loaded into memory, you can address messages to recipients using the alias instead of the full email address - Mutt will automatically expand the alias before sending the message.

Next, you'll have noticed that Mutt frequently prompts you for confirmation before deleting or moving messages. This is incredibly useful when you're first getting used to the client, but becomes tedious after a while. Which is why my configuration file also has these lines:
set postpone=ask-yes            # ask me before postponing
set delete=ask-yes              # ask me before deleting
set quit=yes                    # skip exit prompt
With this in place, Mutt skips the exit confirmation message, but asks for confirmation prior to deleting or postponing messages.

You can also control how Mutt handles composing new messages,
set askcc                       # display CC field
set askbcc                      # display BCC field
unset edit_headers              # don't allow me to edit headers while
and replying to existing ones.
set include=yes                 # include body of previous message in reply
set fast_reply                  # skip prompts before replying
set reply_to=yes                # use Reply-To field for reply address

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