is there a way to get an ACK from the mutt version of FBSD?

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Sat Dec 13 14:10:33 PST 2008

On Sat, 13 Dec 2008 13:50:53 -0800, Gary Kline <kline at> wrote:
> guys,
> i did something to evolution (or mail) so it sends a "your mail was
> opened on user at".  i've been hunting thru the mutt docs; i do
> not see how to get a similar ack from mutt as evo.  is there, perhaps
> a sendmail.[cf|mc] way lost in the reams of pages in my sendmail book?
> [2 da ago i send cold-call mail to a few experts; one at least read my
> paragraph.  i'd like to know at least that my mail arr and hopefully
> was glanced at!]

I don't think there's a way to *force* the recipients of your messages
to reply whenever they read a post.  Your MUA can "ask" for this sort of
'email receipt', but the recipient can always ignore it.

My mailers always ignore this sort of mis-feature, for instance, because
I consider it a violation of my privacy.  Whenever I get one of these
``call home'' emails, I can't help but think:

``Why would you want to know that I woke up in the middle of the night,
fired up Emacs, read a few qmail messages, but then thought it best to
keep sleeping rather than reply to your message?''

Having said that, you can configure _your_ mutt instance to send DSN
replies.  Look for the dsn_notify and dsn_return options in the manual
of Mutt.

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