[Techtalk] Re: mutt v. the world

David Merrill david at lupercalia.net
Wed Jan 9 02:28:02 EST 2002

On Thu, Jan 03, 2002 at 11:27:26AM +0000, Conor Daly wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 01, 2002 at 02:59:02PM -0800 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
> Akkana thought:
> > 
> > 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?
> Probably not quite what you want, but I use mutt locally via IMAP to an MS
> Exchange Server ('cos that's what they use at work), compose locally and
> use our (*BSD) mail gateway as the SMTP server.  All works swimmingly but
> no procmail filtering possible (Though I remember someone on the
> mutt-users list talking once about a proposed perl based filtering
> solution that would talk IMAP to a server (even an MS one!) (I'd like to
> get that working since I have to borrow someone else's MS machine to setup
> my MS Exchange filters (They won't enable the web interface, which is
> probably no harm since that requires installation of IIS and we all know
> what _that_ means...)))

Another approach, which also might not be quite what you want, is to
pull your IMAP mail down locally with fetchmail, and pipe it to
procmail. I do that for some of my remote mail accounts, and it works
like a charm.

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