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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I use KDE, and KMail [kde.org] has the GUI features you mention. (I don't use any command-line mail client, so I can't say anything about that.) It integrates nicely with other KDE apps, and comes with a SpamAssassin plugin. I'm quite happy with it, although of course YMMV. Particularly if you prefer Gnome or some such.

  • For the GUI reader, I use Mozilla Thunderbird. As far as I can see, it will support all items on your GUI wishlist. I use it against an IMAP server, but local mbox/maildir storage should fine. It even works fine unde Windows, should you want to return there :)

    For stuffing incoming mails into folders, I use procmail, which also drives a spamassassin filter. Since I read my mail over IMAP, I want as much mail handling as possible to be local to the server, independent of the client. Anyway, doing the mail fil
  • As far as GUI MUAs are concerned, I would take a quick peek at Mozilla Thunderbird, or Evolution. I've used both for work mail in the past and both are extremely reliable and seem to do what you want. You could do a lot worse than mutt if you want to go with a CLI MUA.
  • I don’t use a GUI mailer, so I can’t help you there.

    mutt [mutt.org] is an excellent choice for a terminal mailer. It does all you require and much more. Beware, though:

    • The defaults aren’t overly useful, so you’ll have to wade through the configuration.
    • It’s purely a MUA and does no filtering or delivery duties. You’ll probably want to configure fetchmail+procmail to pick up your mail.
    • This goes so far as to not include SMTP-talking facilities; you’ll need something that
  • Just to back up other suggestions. I use mutt and Thunderbird. mutt is really the only command line mail client worth considering. It's the most powerful mail program I've ever used. Thunderbird is nice when you want that GUI stuff, but it's still not as powerful as mutt.