yeah i found mutt is problematic… i found this:
(feeling desperate) i can’t use my mutt from DarwinPort as it has no
support for POP and SSL. must compile and blah blah (complicated)…
I think you’ll find that every part of mutt is complicated
i’ve tried Outlook, Kmail, evolution, apple mail and i used
thunderbird for my whole life, they all suck. heavy. i got thousands
of email everyday (groups including this Rails maillist) and i just
don’t feel like using them anymore… i need a lightweight and
powerful mail client such as Mutt. You know, like ViM (in editor
world), i still love it eventhough i code Rails with TextMate… less
menu, simple UI, lightweight but powerful (like Vim) and i think Mutt
is a good companion with someone who’s used to use ViM.
I think what you need is pine, not mutt. mutt is great and I use it all
the time, but it’s complex. Pine integrates filters and a bunch of
other stuff so you don’t have to mess around too much. mutt requires a
If you insist on sticking with mut, it sounds to me that your best bet
is to use fetchmail or getmail or something similar to download your
mail from gmail to a Maildir or mbox and use mutt to read that.
Mutt is intended to do only one thing: read mail. Other features have
been added out of necessity over time, but it’s always better to used
specialized tools. For instance, mutt doesn’t have delivery functions.
You need to have an smtp server running to send mail.
My complete mail solution is this: my host runs some IMAP server, from
which I fetch with getmail. Getmail passes messages off to procmail,
which in turn delivers into my Maildir. Then I read them with mutt.
When I reply, it’s injected into my local qmail queue, which in turns
forwards to my ISP’s smtp server.
When I used pine, it handled everything.
How I wish there’s a good video to setup Mutt (and others:
fetchmail,etc) to retrieve and send with my gmail account, so i can
throw away this thunderbird. Just like in Rails world, so i can throw
Videos don’t make any sense when all you’re doing is typing in a
terminal window There are tons of mutt config examples out there.
Google for “mutt gmail” and you’ll find a bunch of walkthroughs on using
fetchmail/mutt with gmail.