Mutt sidebar (folder list) patch
|July 20, 2006||I quit. Sadly, there seems to be no desire to absorb the sidebar patch into the main source tree. Getting the patch to apply cleanly on every new release (the original mutt source code and the Debian package) takes a few hours every single time and I have too many—more interesting—things going on.|
New mutt sidebar patch maintainer is Terry P. Chan.
Check out his mutt sidebar patch page.
Mutt is the mail client of choice for people who are wary of fancy graphical user interfaces. I do like Mozilla Thunderbird, Balsa, and even Outlook Express. My biggest problem with all of these mail clients, however, is that I cannot use Vim to write my emails.
Unfortunately, though, mutt lacks an important feature that most email clients do have: a folder list that allows you to see all mail folders you have and how many (new) emails they each contain.
Justin Hibbits wrote a mutt patch that is an approximate fix to this problem. I helped him by adding some features and fixing some bugs.
- A sidebar with a list of folders on the left side of the mutt window.
- Hide/Unhide the sidebar with a single keystroke.
- Every line in the sidebar lists a folder with the total and new number of messages in it.
- Optionally highlight folders with new messages.
- Scroll up and down the list of folders and open the selected folder.
- Configurable sidebar width and colors.
- Configurable key bindings.
RPM package for 1.5.11. (Converted from Debian package)
Latest patch for 1.5.10i (to be used against a pristine mutt-1.5.10i)
Tarball (mutt-1.5.11, patched)
Tarball (mutt-1.5.10i, patched)
AnnouncementsIf you want an announcement when I release a new version of the patch, subscribe to the Mutt Folder List freshmeat project.
Get the unpatched mutt 1.5.11 tarball, untar it, and apply the patch. For example:
wget -q -O - ftp://ftp.mutt.org/mutt/devel/mutt-1.5.11.tar.gz | tar xvfz - cd ./mutt-1.5.11 wget -q -O - https://thomer.com/mutt/patch-1.5.11.sidebar.20060225.txt | patch -p1 ./configure make ./mutt make install (optional, you need to be root for this)
Here are the relevant settings from my muttrc:
# set up the sidebar, default not visible set sidebar_width=12 set sidebar_visible=no # which mailboxes to list in the sidebar mailboxes =inbox =ml # color of folders with new mail color sidebar_new yellow default # ctrl-n, ctrl-p to select next, prev folder # ctrl-o to open selected folder bind index \CP sidebar-prev bind index \CN sidebar-next bind index \CO sidebar-open bind pager \CP sidebar-prev bind pager \CN sidebar-next bind pager \CO sidebar-open # I don't need these. just for documentation purposes. See below. # sidebar-scroll-up # sidebar-scroll-down # b toggles sidebar visibility macro index b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter>' macro pager b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter>' # # Mario Holbe suggests: # macro index b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter><refresh>' # macro pager b '<enter-command>toggle sidebar_visible<enter><redraw-screen>' #
Width of the sidebar.
Whether or not the sidebar is visible.
color sidebar_new [fg] [bg]
The foreground (fg) and background (bg) color of folders that contain new mail.
Mutt's name for the operation that selects the previous folder.
Mutt's name for the operation that selects the next folder.
Mutt's name for the operation that opens the currently selected folder.
Only useful if you have more folders than lines in your terminal: scrolls one page up through the list of folders.
Only useful if you have more folders than lines in your terminal: scrolls one page down through the list of folders.
Bugs and patches
Bugs? Probably! Patches? Yes, please!
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