Power Up Your E-Mail with Mutt
Do the keyboard commands seem obscure? They may at first, but they quickly will become resounding strokes of e-mail power chords. The effort will pay off. Mutt still is in active development, and you can expect this underdog to be around for a while.
There are some interesting features on the horizon for Mutt version 1.6. Brendan Cully, a Mutt developer and the SourceForge project administrator, provided this list of Mutt 1.6's features:
Native SMTP support.
IMAP/POP header and body caching, and maildir/MH header caching.
Significant IMAP performance enhancements (pipelined commands and IDLE support).
IMAP server-side search.
Flowed text support.
More flexible charset support.
User-defined variables (starting with $my_).
Large file support.
Attachment counts in the index.
Whatever version you use, check www.mutt.org for release details. If you want more, the muttrc(5) man page can walk you through all of the .muttrc parameters, and the mutt.org site has more examples. If you are feeling lazy, use muttrcbuilder.org to build a .muttrc file.
I hope that you have found some value in Mutt and that it improves your e-mail experience. If nothing else, Mutt can be an additional power tool in your sysadmin toolchest.
Victor Gregorio lives in San Francisco, California, working as a Senior System Administrator and QA Engineer for Penguin Computing. He often can be found behind a camera or clicking away at a keyboard.
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