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       mutt - The Mutt Mail User Agent


       mutt [-nRyzZ] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-m type] [-f file]

       mutt [-Enx] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-H file] [-i file] [-s subj] [-b addr]
       [-c addr] [-a file [...] --] addr|mailto_url [...]

       mutt [-nx] [-e cmd] [-F file] [-s subj] [-b addr] [-c addr] [-a file
       [...] --] addr|mailto_url [...] < message

       mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -p

       mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -A alias

       mutt [-n] [-e cmd] [-F file] -Q query

       mutt -v[v]

       mutt -D


       Mutt is a small but very powerful text based program for reading and
       sending electronic mail under unix operating systems, including support
       for color terminals, MIME, OpenPGP, and a threaded sorting mode.

       Note: This manual page gives a brief overview of mutt's command line
       options. You should find a copy of the full manual in
       /usr/local/share/doc/mutt, in text, HTML, and/or PDF format.


       -A alias
              An expanded version of the given alias is passed to stdout.

       -a file [...]
              Attach a file to your message using MIME.  When attaching single
              or multiple files, separating filenames and recipient addresses
              with "--" is mandatory, e.g. mutt -a image.jpg -- addr1 or mutt
              -a img.jpg *.png -- addr1 addr2.  The -a option must be placed
              at the end of command line options.

       -b address
              Specify a blind-carbon-copy (BCC) recipient

       -c address
              Specify a carbon-copy (CC) recipient

       -d level
              If mutt was compiled with +DEBUG log debugging output to
              ~/.muttdebug0.  Level can range from 1-5 and effects verbosity.
              A value of 2 is recommended.

       -D     Print the value of all configuration options to stdout.

       -E     Causes the draft file specified by -H or include file specified
              by -i to be edited during message composition.

       -e command
              Specify a configuration command to be run after processing of
              initialization files.

       -f mailbox
              Specify which mailbox to load.

       -F muttrc
              Specify an initialization file to read instead of ~/.muttrc

       -h     Display help.

       -H draft
              Specify a draft file which contains header and body to use to
              send a message.

       -i include
              Specify a file to include into the body of a message.

       -m type
              specify a default mailbox type for newly created folders.

       -n     Causes Mutt to bypass the system configuration file.

       -p     Resume a postponed message.

       -Q query
              Query a configuration variables value.  The query is executed
              after all configuration files have been parsed, and any commands
              given on the command line have been executed.

       -R     Open a mailbox in read-only mode.

       -s subject
              Specify the subject of the message.

       -v     Display the Mutt version number and compile-time definitions.

       -vv    Display license and copyright information.

       -x     Emulate the mailx compose mode.

       -y     Start Mutt with a listing of all mailboxes specified by the
              mailboxes command.

       -z     When used with -f, causes Mutt not to start if there are no
              messages in the mailbox.

       -Z     Causes Mutt to open the first mailbox specified by the mailboxes
              command which contains new mail.

       --     Treat remaining arguments as addr even if they start with a
              dash.  See also "-a" above.


       EDITOR Specifies the editor to use if VISUAL is unset.

       EMAIL  The user's e-mail address.

       HOME   Full path of the user's home directory.

       MAIL   Full path of the user's spool mailbox.

              Full path of the user's spool mailbox if MAIL is unset.
              Commonly used when the spool mailbox is a maildir (5) folder.

              Path to search for mailcap files.

              If this variable is set, mailcap are always used without
              prompting first.

              Directory in which the user's PGP public keyring can be found.
              When used with the original PGP program, mutt and pgpring (1)
              rely on this being set.

       TMPDIR Directory in which temporary files are created.

              Default Reply-To address.

       VISUAL Specifies the editor to use when composing messages.


       ~/.muttrc or ~/.mutt/muttrc
              User configuration file.

              System-wide configuration file.

              Temporary files created by Mutt.

              User definition for handling non-text MIME types.

              System definition for handling non-text MIME types.

              User's personal mapping between MIME types and file extensions.

              System mapping between MIME types and file extensions.

              The privileged dotlocking program.

              The Mutt manual.


       None.  Mutts have fleas, not bugs.


       Suspend/resume while editing a file with an external editor does not
       work under SunOS 4.x if you use the curses lib in /usr/5lib.  It does
       work with the S-Lang library, however.

       Resizing the screen while using an external pager causes Mutt to go
       haywire on some systems.

       Suspend/resume does not work under Ultrix.

       The help line for the index menu is not updated if you change the
       bindings for one of the functions listed while Mutt is running.

       For a more up-to-date list of bugs, errm, fleas, please visit the mutt
       project's bug tracking system under


       This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
       General Public License for more details.


       curses(3), mailcap(5), maildir(5), mbox(5), mutt_dotlock(1), muttrc(5),
       ncurses(3), sendmail(1), smail(1).

       Mutt Home Page:

       The Mutt manual


       Michael Elkins, and others.  Use <> to contact the

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