[linux-elitists] Mutt install 101
Tue Nov 11 19:56:35 PST 2003
Quoting Michael Still (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> I'm happy for you to have your own opinion. Then again, pine has served me
> well for close to a decade....
Except in your dismal failure to respect people's Mail-Followup-To
headers. Thus the _explicitly unwelcome_ offlist copies of your
postings that have been littering my personal mailbox. Are you going to
quit doing that?
> - it's my recollection that mutt uses maildir. Am I confused?
> - if I'm not confused, what config changes do I make to sendmail to get
> the mail delivered to directories instead of mboxes?
Mu. Sendmail is not an MDA. (It does _include_ a perfunctory MDA,
/usr/bin/mail.local . Most people use procmail, maildrop, or some more
reasonable alternative. For Maildir support, q.v.)
> - how do I convert my existing several gigabyte mail collection from
> mboxes to maildirs?
Mu. But the answer is a formail script and a suitable MDA.
> - how do maildirs scale (in the sense that at the moment I archive an
> mbox when it gets bigger than 5 megabytes, because pine just gets too slow
> at determining if there is new mail when I hit tab)? Do I need to archive
> old mailfiles regularly?
Mu. But the answer is that they scale differently -- better or worse
depending on circumstance.
> - can you recommend an IMAP server which will transparently deal with
Mu. But Courier imapd would suit that hypothetical.
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