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  • Then again, every time I try to use a GUI mail application, I feel stifled. It just isn't smart enough.
    Could you elaborate on this? I've heard people say things like this in the past, but I've never used a command-line mail client, so I don't know what they're trying to do.
    • Currenlty I am using Thunderbird on MS Windows (for work, need to use IE), with an IMAP account; haven't tried Agent yet. Otherwise, I /much/ prefer to use mutt. Most of the problems listed below (of Thunderbird) are due to intrinsic differences (inherent features) rather than due to GUI|CLI differences, I think.

      1. (GUI Problem) There is no way to fix sort options. At least once a day, I occasionally hit some column label in message index while selecting a message to read, resulting in re-selection of the sort options.
      2. Search function works sometimes. When it does, it does not support regular expressions.
      3. In Thunderbird, there is no option to set view particular headers, unlike mutt. It is all or nothing option.
      4. Control over editing a (received) message (header or contents) is lousy. Actually, so far I have not seen anyway to edit headers of OP in Thunderbird.
        • Thanks to cygwin that I can use mutt to edit headers to rethread messages mainly due to brokeness of headers in replies of others.
        • My boss has very bad attitude (rather, bad kind of laziness) toward composing a new mail. He composes a new message as a reply to the first message (I guess) he sees from me, without editing the quoted text or subject (let alone remove In-Reply-To: or Refereneces: headers) which never ever has to do what he has written. So to make sense of his emails, overall, I have to edit them heavily.
      5. Even when all the possible options have been set for plain text and non-flowed format, copy-paste of the text after clicking "Reply" results in blank lines (not visible in reply window) & end spaces (possibly presnet in OP). Perhaps I may have missed something? I would be happy if g?Vim could be hooked in Thunderbird; so that writing a new mail invokes it, and more importantly replying (happens more often) to a message sends text it.
      6. Yesterday, go-to-next-message key binding (F) was not working, when there were no new messages. I made sure that 'F' was not mapped to go-to-next-unread-message.

      But wait, there /are/ some things I like over mutt...

      1. When attachments are "Detached" (saved on local fs, contents removed from email), Thunderbird maintains the link to the file on fs. I would like a way to be able to re-link attachments after directory (local fs) has been renamed.
      2. IMAP folder indexing|caching seems to have better performance (compared to mutt built w/ header-cache patch & imap cache option set).
      - parv