November 27th, 2019
Hello there! This is an article on advanced neomutt features that might have been missed in my previous article on (neo)mutt. This page has been inspired by some of the issues I had with neomutt and the fantastic neomutt community.
With release 20191102, neomutt team has introduced named-mailboxes features, which allows you to name your mailboxes (duh) in the sidebar. It can be used for some pretty creative things, like setting a mailbox different to what you have in your `.mail` directory, change the language, or make delimeters. For example, here is an excerpt from one of my neomutt accounts that is tied to my KU mail account
set folder="~/.mail/kumail" set spoolfile = +'INBOX' set trash = +'Deleted Items' set postponed = +'Drafts' set record = +'Sent Items' named-mailboxes " ―――――― ♠ KU ―――――― " =Journal named-mailboxes "↓ Inbox" =INBOX named-mailboxes "↑ Sent" ='Sent Items' named-mailboxes "∇ Trash" ='Deleted Items' named-mailboxes "∗ Junk" ='Junk Email' named-mailboxes "∃ Drafts" ='Drafts'
After launching neomutt, it gives me nice custom sidebar with a dope delimeter
―――――― ♠ KU ―――――― │ 1 | [11-27-19 12:03:35] Mom Did you buy eggs? ↓ Inbox  3568 │ 2 | [11-27-19 09:07:01] Bill All rights reserved. ↑ Sent 797 │ 3 | [11-27-19 06:07:02] Lao Tse Difficult Paths ∇ Trash 359 │ 4 | [11-27-19 06:59:18] Mando This is the way ∗ Junk 4 │ 5 | [11-26-19 22:59:02] BlondiXXX How much does she love you? ∃ Drafts │ 6 | ...
named-mailboxes also work with multiple accounts. You can use some garbage mailboxes (looking at you, Journal) as delimeters.
I have been looking around how to do threads and I finally found out how. Usually, mutt just gives you your mail all in one blob of a list. With threads, you can have beautiful trees of replies, threads, forwards, and more! To trigger that, just add this to your `.muttrc`
set sort = 'reverse-threads' set sort_aux = 'last-date-received'
This is how it looks with huge mail chains
For ease of use, you can add the following line to bind your `c` key to collapse threads ◼︎
macro index c <collapse-thread> "collapse-thread"