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Just fired up Mutt as a mail client on

2014-05-09 15:15:06.510764+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Just fired up Mutt as a mail client on a terminal-only system, and am now considering switching back to a text-only client for everything.

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#Comment Re: made: 2014-05-09 16:42:57.690656+00 by: Jack William Bell

In the Beginning was the Command Line

#Comment Re: made: 2014-05-09 16:47:58.526486+00 by: meuon

I'm still using PINE for several email accounts. I love it for geeky text centric emails, plus you can tie any (shell/CLI) editor to it.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-05-09 18:20:37.734605+00 by: Mars Saxman

I've long wished there were a way to set up some kind of filter on my mail server that stripped out the HTML component of incoming mail, or at least passed it through lynx or something to generate a plain-text equivalent. The text is what has the meaning I am interested in.

#Comment Re: made: 2014-05-09 22:22:53.023283+00 by: spc476

If there is a text alternative as part of the email, Mutt will display that. For those emails that don't have a plain text alternative, I can pipe it though lynx, although that's a few extra keystrokes (although there may be an easier way, I haven't bothered looking for it).

I switched to mutt years ago, when it became apparent that elm (which I had been using since 1989) was no longer being maintained. It can handle multiple email addresses with ease (I have several email accounts forwarding to a single mailbox) and coupled with procmail, I have incoming email pre-sorted into "folders" automatically.

It's also fast, but then again, I'm checking the email directly on my server, not over POP or IMAP (both of which mutt supports).

#Comment Re: made: 2014-05-10 00:31:44.954878+00 by: dexev

I ran a text-only client for everything for several months this year -- still would be but for the drive failure. I found that I spent less time on the computer, mostly because I didn't waste time chasing links of dubious value as a way to 'unwind'.

The only thing that I couldn't find a workaround for was javascript -- I kept a separate 'work' computer for that. And 'links -g' is all the web browser I need -- it feels like Netscape 2? in a good way.

JWB -- thanks for the link, I've been meaning to re-read that, didn't realize it was online!