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Re: GTK+ E-mail App on par with Mutt?

On Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 10:05:43AM -0500, Michael Pobega wrote:

> I'm finally taking the plunge from full CLI to using an X server, and in
> place of Mutt I've been using Evolution; But Evolution is nowhere near
> as good as Mutt, with threading/speed/customizability (And to boot I
> can't even use GViM as my editor!).
> Can anyone suggest a good GTK+ e-mail reader/writer? I have cron getting
> my e-mail so the client doesn't even need to have POP/IMAP.

I like Claws (called "sylpheed-claws" in Debian). Not to be confused with
the more basic and less GTKish "sylpheed". Of the X MUAs I've tried (Opera,
Thunderbird, Evolution) I like it by far the best. It also is by far the
fastest. GPG support isn't as smooth as in TB which provied an entire GUI
wrapper around GPG but it works fine.

That said, I switched from Claws to mutt a couple weeks ago and I'm loving
it. Well, I guess it's always fun to start something new.

Unfortunately mutt and Claws don't co-operate too well on one and the same
MH folder tree and, despite the availability of a plug-in called
"sylpheed-claws-gtk2-maildir-plugin", Claws doesn't deal with Maildir-style
folders. Specifically, if you want to use Claws and mutt concurrently, make
sure that folders don't contain both messages and subfolders (which Claws
permits but mutt doesnt). Also Claws unneccesarily puts a .mh-sequence tag
in folders that only contain subfolders which causes mutt not to show the
subfolders. These issues are (apparently) caused by mutt's incomplete MH
spec support.

Get Claws. It's fun and fast. As a mutt user you'll appreciate the latter.
And you're right about not using the built-in MTA functionality (as I've
discovered only after moving all that to fetchmail/procmail/exim). When you
first start Claws, it'll want you to set up a mail account with server and
all. Just asdf through that. When Claws is up and running, set up a new
account with Server "None (SMTP only)" and delete the dummy account you
created in the first set up. Y voilá.

Good luck,

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