Virtual Folders in Mutt
Just found a great how to on implementing virtual mail folders in Mutt. The problem: I want to be able to search for a message and have it find messages across multiple mailboxes.
The fix came from a really useful site that I had to use google cache to view. Sigh. Maybe they want to remain anonymous. Not sure. In any event, here’s the info:
First install mairix:
apt-get install mairix
Next download mailplex (a python script). I found it here. It’s attached to this blog if it disappears. Don’t forget to chmod 775 it (and you can remove the .txt extension - I only did that to outsmart Drupal).
Next: create a mailbox called .results:
cd ~/Maildir maildirmake .results
Now, edit your .muttrc file:
~/.muttrc # Mairix bindings macro browser z "<shell-escape>mailplex\n" macro index z "<shell-escape>mailplex\n<change-folder>=.results\n" macro pager z "<shell-escape>mailplex\n<change-folder>=.results\n"
Create a mailplex config file
~/.mailplex # mailplex config (uses mairix) mairix_confs = [ '~/.config/mutt/mairix-conf' ] output_dir = '~/Maildir/.results'
Create a mairix-mutt config file:
~/.config/mutt/mairix-conf # mairix config file for jamie's archived mail base=/home/jamie/Maildir # recursively scan Maildirs maildir=.:.Trash:.saved:.Sent
And finally create a cron job:
30 * * * * mairix -f $HOME/.config/mutt/mairix-conf