mutt c.f. MH: tell us more
Posted Jun 24, 2004 7:47 UTC (Thu) by joib
In reply to: mutt c.f. MH: tell us more
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's guide to mail clients: introduction
When I moved to GNU/Linux for mail I chose mutt and generally like it a lot, but to get mail from another message you need to quit editing the current one and postpone it, then open up another and save it somewhere like tmp then go back to the original and read in the other message in order to cut and paste.
Nothing prevents you from starting another mutt process in another shell. Or if you just quickly want to check a detail in another email, suspending the editor with ctrl-z and then starting another mutt process in the same shell works equally well. I use it all the time.
Also the long delay in switching between mailboxes (Many of mine take >60 seconds to swtich between) makes for real inefficiency when referring to mails in a different mailbox/folder.
I guess that's a "feature" of the mbox format if you have big mailboxes? mutt also supports qmail-style Maildirs as well as MH mailboxes, which might help?
Personally, I save received and sent mail to separate mailboxes, a new file each month (you can do this automagically with mutt). That keeps the mailboxes reasonably small.
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