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Post by tpprynn »

It looks like I'm marooned with bluetooth and a mobile phone for a modem for a little while. Though I'm patiently waiting for Midori with images turned off while using this forum this time round, I've been playing with Links a little bit, Mutt and w3m, and though I'm finding them quite charming and perversely refreshing I do feel a bit in the dark about Mutt. Can I use Mutt to get and send my Yahoo! mail or doesn't it work like that? Could someone walk me through a setup, if it would help then using this fake ID as an example?

user: linuxminter71@yahoo.co.uk

password: camomile

I was quite stumped during setup of Mutt and will be hunting now for the no doubt botched configuration file which presumably needs wiping first.

If an email provider other than Yahoo! would be easier let me know, although Yahoo! has been the least irritating for me lately.


(Mint 11 LXDE, n450-based netbook)
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Re: text-based browsers and text-based mail

Post by xenopeek »

Unless I'm mistaken, Yahoo doesn't offer unpaid accounts access through POP3. Something Like FetchYahoo can be used as a workaround: http://fetchyahoo.twizzler.org/

For some alternative free email accounts, with POP3 access: http://email.about.com/od/freeemailrevi ... _email.htm

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Re: text-based browsers and text-based mail

Post by tpprynn »

Googling late into the night I eventually came up with the goods and I hope someone in my predicament finds this useful. With Mutt you need to make in your /home folder this file called .muttrc with these contents, though there are some variations I haven't bothered with, and a Gmail account, though I suspect other imap accounts may work:

set from = "yourusername@gmail.com"
set realname = "Your Name"

set imap_user = "yourusername@gmail.com"
set imap_pass = "yourpassword"

set folder = "imaps://imap.gmail.com:993"
set spoolfile = "+INBOX"
set postponed ="+[Gmail]/Drafts"
set trash = "imaps://imap.gmail.com/[Gmail]/Trash"

set header_cache =~/.mutt/cache/headers
set message_cachedir =~/.mutt/cache/bodies
set certificate_file =~/.mutt/certificates

set smtp_url = "smtp://yourusername@smtp.gmail.com:587/"
set smtp_pass = "yourpassword"

bind editor <space> noop
macro index gi "<change-folder>=INBOX<enter>" "Go to inbox"
macro index ga "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/All Mail<enter>" "Go to all mail"
macro index gs "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Sent Mail<enter>" "Go to Sent Mail"
macro index gd "<change-folder>=[Gmail]/Drafts<enter>" "Go to drafts"

set move = no #Stop asking to "move read messages to mbox"!
set imap_keepalive = 900

# Header stuff
ignore "Authentication-Results:"
ignore "DomainKey-Signature:"
ignore "DKIM-Signature:"
hdr_order Date From To Cc

ignore *
unignore from: date subject to cc
unignore x-mailing-list: posted-to:
unignore x-mailer:

# For better looks
set markers=no # don't put '+' at the beginning of wrapped lines
set pager_index_lines= 5 # how large is the index window?
set sort = 'threads'
set sort_aux = 'last-date-received'

...And of course you wouldn't write yourusername, you'd write your username. It's pretty good, it will suit me fine. I do find the text interface charming and almost a relief from the silver and glass of a 2012 computer. It's like why I wouldn't want a £3000 suit, I think many of us have vague feelings like this about things getting too flash. I'm rambling...

You need to do cd ./ and then sudo chmod 700 .muttrc in the terminal to set the permissions of this file too.

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