mutt v. the world (Re: [Techtalk] What I did over the Christmas Holidays!)

David Merrill david at
Tue Jan 1 20:57:52 EST 2002

On Wed, Jan 02, 2002 at 09:44:14AM +1100, Mary Gardiner wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 01, 2002 at 02:59:02PM -0800, Akkana wrote:
> > But there is one disadvantage of this model: it means that I end
> > up composing all my mail over telnet (or rsh or ssh or whatever)
> > connections instead of on my local machine, and I'm forever hitting long
> > network delays (wait 20+ seconds to see what I just typed).  I've long
> > been wanting to come up with a setup so that I can read my mail with
> > telnet/mutt, but compose outgoing mail locally (without having to do a
> > lot of manual saving and ftp'ing of files).  Surely I'm not the only one
> > to have this desire, but I've never seen any mention of a mailer set up
> > that way.  Has anyone heard of such a setup?
> With mutt I'd imagine that this is more of an editor issue than a mailer
> issue. mutt's model is to open your chosen editor and point it at a file
> it creates in /tmp containing the mail message to edit (I imagine it can
> be pointed at alternative temp directories).
> However, I've never considered how to get it to, for example, open an
> editor on a remote machine, or at least give you a file to edit. I
> suspect this would be difficult for security reasons, but I'll play
> around with the idea a little and let you know how I go.

You should be able to replace the call to an "editor" with a call to a
script, which could do anything you wanted it to do.

David C. Merrill               
Linux Documentation Project                   david at
Collection Editor & Coordinator  

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