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Re: Using mutt ...

Gary & Steve,

Thank you both for the info on mutt.  I'm working through the initial 
learning curve.  Gary, I'll look forward to hearing your presentation in 
March ...


On Friday 18 January 2002 14:01, you wrote:
> Hi James,
> On 18 Jan 2002, 11:20 AM, you hammered out in part about "Using mutt ...":
> JLB> been relatively pleased with the  results.  Nevertheless, I'd like to
> JLB> give mutt a try for a few weeks.
> Good man..  I have tried over 30 mailers, and I always wind up going back
> to Mutt... It is the only way I can get through 500-600 emails in about
> 15-20 minutes a day.
> JLB> First, any general suggestion regarding mutt are welcome.
> I am supposed to give a talk about Mutt and procmail in March to the
> group.  However, I can give you some ideas.
> JLB> I can already see a problem with the way my email is set up ... even
> JLB> though kmail uses the mbox format, kmail allows me to put folders
> JLB> inside other  folders on the kmail screen.  This turns out to be one
> JLB> file and all the  sub-folders and their contents seem to be ignored
> JLB> by mutt.  I can fix this by  moving all these mail messages to their
> JLB> own kmail folder (mbox file) ... any  better ideas?
> Yes, your muttrc file should list all your folders, and it uses folder
> hooks to do this, so that when you hit "c" you will see all your folders
> in that dir.  Now, you can just hit tab, to select the ones that have new
> mail (filtered to each mbox if you use procmail).. If you keep
> sub-folders, in mutt, there really is no need to do this, as by keeping
> them all in the same dir, and using procmail, you automatically go to the
> folder that only contains mail.
> JLB> Also, is there a way to reduce the learning curve on .muttrc?  I'm
> reluctant JLB> to spend a lot of time creating a nifty .muttrc file and
> then decide mutt JLB> isn't going to get the job done for me ...
> suggestions?
> Yes, I have a very well munged muttrc and can send it to you later
> tonight.  It even has multiple colors for various things... However, mine
> works with procmail.. but it will give you an idea.  Just let me know if
> you want it. Also, go to mutt.org and look at some of the muttrc files
> there, free for the taking, from some of the most experienced users
> around.. I suggest looking at Telsa's for a beginner. You can find her, I
> believe, under the the sample muttrc files.
> http://www.mutt.org/links.html#config
> She is married to Alan Cox.. <g>
> JLB> Lastly, same question with regard to mutt's compose screen ... vim.
> JLB> I've never spent the time to get as proficient with vi as I know I
> JLB> should be ...  any suggested links or tutorials to learn vi/vim?
> JLB> (I'm embarrassed to admit  that all though I know there is already a
> JLB> tutorial for vi/vim on my box I  haven't been able to get it to run
> JLB> yet ... suggestions?)
> My muttrc file has a key macro built in so that on the fly, I can switch
> from VI to emacs.. You can use any editor you want, and just put it in the
> muttrc file.
> If you want info on VI, just go to vi.org and pull down a "cheat sheet" on
> the major key strokes.. I can fax you my copy if I can find it. I can't
> live without VI <g>  Once you get used to it, it is the fastest editor
> around.... no flames please <g>  I even have emacs set to viper (VI)
> keystroke mode...

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