things-Mail: update

Frank Shute frank at
Mon Oct 30 13:02:59 UTC 2006

On Sun, Oct 29, 2006 at 07:00:50PM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 30, 2006 at 12:44:55AM +0000, Frank Shute wrote:
> > 
> > You can get mutt to launch embedded URLs in a browser by installing
> > urlview and setting up your mailcap. Just thought I'd mention it.
> > 
> > <snip>
> > 
> 	WOW!  Where is urlview and what exactly do I add to ~/.mailcap??

Urlview is in ports: textproc/urlview

Looking at the urlview manpage, it looks like I was mistaken and it
has nothing to do with mailcap but you need the following in

COMMAND /usr/X11R6/bin/firefox %s

Then when you hit Ctl-b in mutt you're presented with a list of pages
extracted from the e-mail that you can then scroll through and open in
the browser. I don't think I had to do anything to my .muttrc 

Voila! No more cut and pasting - took me years before I found it :(

As for mailcap, it's useful if you get attachments to your mail so at
a minimum you want this in ~/.mailcap

text/html;/usr/X11R6/bin/firefox %s
application/pdf;acroread %s
application/msword;antiword %s | less
application/postscript;gview %s
image/gif;xv %s
image/jpeg;xv %s
image/png;xv %s

Then mutt can deal with the attachment appropriately.

> 	thanks much,

No worries.

> 	gary
> 	PS:  I wish there were a GUI/HTML-version of mutt that uses 
> 	     vi and,more imporatant, save mail in ~/Mail .... *but*....
> 	     ******.

I prefer programs that can work without X and I run qmail so prefer
Maildirs. You could probably get mutt to use gvim as an editor if
that's any help.

You should be also able to get your browser to use mutt for mailto: in
html pages. I can tell you how to do that for firefox, I think.

Another thing to get going with mutt (if you're dealing with a lot of
mail) is procmail. You can set up a bunch of maildirs and sort your
mail into each one to then be read by mutt at your leisure.



echo "f r a n k @ e s p e r a n c e - l i n u x . c o . u k" | sed 's/ //g'

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