I've recently switched to a new mail tool both at home and at work. The mail user agent I selected, mutt
has a wealth of nice features, but the ones that really caught my eye (and led me to chose mutt even though it's officially still in beta) are:
In addition to the big three (for me), mutt has a long list of other niceties:
As you can see in the following screenshot, I run mutt under an rxvt window. This screenshot demonstrates lots of nice things: underlining, highlighting quoted texts and signatures in different colors, international character sets, and rxvt's lovely ability to use pixmaps as a background (I'm using the yellow_stucco background from Netscape's background page).
1 Download and untar the latest version of rxvt
2 Compile rxvt with kanji support
./configure \ --enable-kanji --enable-xpm-background --with-xpm</code>)
3 Install the kanji-fied version of rxvt as kxvt
(I keep both a no-kanji rxvt and a kanji version around).
4 Download and untar slang from
and Kikutani-san's Japanese patches from
5 Download and untar mutt-0.84 from ftp://ftp.cs.hmc.edu/pub/me/mutt/
and Kikutani-san's patches from
(note: the patches haven't been updated for mutt-0.85 or mutt-0.86 yet).
6 Apply the patches
for file in *.pat; do patch -p0 < $file; done
7 Compile slang (no configure options necessary)
8 Compile mutt
./configure --with-slang \ --with-homespool=Maildir --enable-hidden-host --enable-pop
Once everything is compiled and installed, mutt should run fine under kxvt, kterm, kon, or whatever. I use
kxvt -fg black -pixmap \ ~/bg/yellow_stucco.xpm -e kmutt &
mutt with Japanese support