Version 3 (modified by rado, 6 years ago) (diff)


This shall be a generic in-depth functionality guide for newbies to learn easily the first steps to get things running up to the high end finetuning as seen in some configs of ConfigList & ConfigTricks.
A different approach is covered by the UseCases.

It's meant to be an alive guide: we need YOU the newbie to build it, please help us help yourself!
If you have specific requests as to Form, Structure, Style, Content, Topics, Items of the guide, then please have a look at the given items first to make sure it isn't provided yet. If it's still really lacking put it here for somebody to pickup: /ToDo?.
Or just provide it yourself.

Basics to get going

  • /Introduction: How to use this guide.
  • MailConcept: the way of mail between computers and inside yours.
  • /Setup: compile-time, install, extra pkgs.
  • /Syntax: run-time config file.
  • /Folders: management, mbox, maildir, subfolders, shortcuts.
  • Views, Menus /Actions: modes, save, reply, forward, change folder, macros.
    • /Index: display formats, colors, flags, errors.
    • /Message: filter, charset, header weeding, colors.
    • /Attachment: MIME for sending and reading, autoview.
  • /Send: concept, compose, encoding.
    • /Headers: change From-ID, envelopes, alternates.
    • /Aliases: address management, external database.
    • /Edit: pre-, post-processing, body, header
  • /Receive: concept, spoolfile, mailboxes, notifications.
    • /Filesystem (local, NFS, permission, locking, mutt_dotlock.
    • /UsePOP: getting + processing, filter: fetchmail, procmail
    • /UseIMAP: remote folders.

Advanced stuff

  • /Charsets (what and why things can go wrong)
  • /Encryption (why, why not, security in stored files)
    • /UsePGP
    • /UseGPG
    • /UseSMIME
  • dynamic & complex configuration for special tasks


  • /XFace inclusion and display
  • /ShellScripting?: using mutt to automate sending mail
  • /Groups
  • /Caching: Cache message headers (POP, IMAP, MH, Maildir) and bodies (POP, IMAP)

If this guide didn't suit you, maybe one of the UseCases will.