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alpine_mutt [2014/06/08 16:29]
Burt Henry [Comparison] Added Links subsection heading/adjusted formatting/just can't be done from lynx it seems
alpine_mutt [2014/06/08 17:13]
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   * Mutt requires you to open an urls list with urlview and chose a link list.    * Mutt requires you to open an urls list with urlview and chose a link list. 
 In many cases links are labelled in an unclear way, and one either has to count links in the message and then count again in the urlview screen and hopefully get to the correct link. In many cases links are labelled in an unclear way, and one either has to count links in the message and then count again in the urlview screen and hopefully get to the correct link.
-  * In mutt you are shown lists of mail folders and of course ​messages to select from.+  * In mutt you are shown lists of mail folders and messages to flag, open or reply to, but actions and commands are all done with keyboard shortcuts.
   * alpine uses a mix of shortcut keys and menus both to navigate through mail folders and commands.   * alpine uses a mix of shortcut keys and menus both to navigate through mail folders and commands.
   * Alpine and mutt both let you copy addresses from message headers to add to address lists for later use. alpine gives you the choice of extracting addresses from any header field if configured to do so, but some people find interaction with speech a bit confusing when '​taking'​ address information.   * Alpine and mutt both let you copy addresses from message headers to add to address lists for later use. alpine gives you the choice of extracting addresses from any header field if configured to do so, but some people find interaction with speech a bit confusing when '​taking'​ address information.
-Alpine is great when it is working well, but has been known to be somewhat unstable on some users'  ​machines. +  * Alpine is great when it is working well, but has been known to be somewhat unstable on some machines ​according to some very experienced sources, but I have found it to be reliable
-Mutt is rock solid pretty much everywhere.+  ​* ​Mutt is rock solid pretty much everywhere.
   * Alpine has issues scrolling out of control when large mail folders are opened, i.e. when one has more than 1000 messages in an inbox.   * Alpine has issues scrolling out of control when large mail folders are opened, i.e. when one has more than 1000 messages in an inbox.
 This does not occur on all installations,​ and the threshold for this buggy behaviour may vary from system to system. This does not occur on all installations,​ and the threshold for this buggy behaviour may vary from system to system.
   * Mutt seems to handle even very large folders well for everyone.   * Mutt seems to handle even very large folders well for everyone.
-Alpine has a configuration menu that allow one to customize behavior in great detail with out knowing in advance just what all is possible.+  * Alpine has a configuration menu that allow one to customize behavior in great detail with out knowing in advance just what all is possible.
 How to use this menu may not be %100 intuitive for a new user, but once learned it is solid and consistent. How to use this menu may not be %100 intuitive for a new user, but once learned it is solid and consistent.
-all of mutt's configuration is done by editing a single text file called muttrc. other configuration files can be sourced from this file if one finds this approach more organized, or likes the modular approach.+  * All of mutt's configuration is done by editing a single text file called muttrc. other configuration files can be sourced from this file if one finds this approach more organized, or likes the modular approach.
 Mutt's configuration is well documented, but one must study to see what all is possible. ​ Mutt's configuration is well documented, but one must study to see what all is possible. ​
-Alpine has very good contextual help, similar to that in GUI programs. +  * Alpine has very good contextual help, similar to that in GUI programs. 
-Mutt has an excellent manual, but nothing is shown beyond a list of available keystrokes in a contextual sense. one can configure mutt to open the manual in a browser from with in the program so that it is easier to navigate to the topic of interest.  +  ​* ​Mutt has an excellent manual, but nothing is shown beyond a list of available keystrokes in a contextual sense. one can configure mutt to open the manual in a browser from with in the program so that it is easier to navigate to the topic of interest.  
-Mutt has a very easy to use and accessible conversation view, and deleted conversations are not announced by speakup when arrowing through the message list. +  ​* ​Mutt has a very easy to use and accessible conversation view, and deleted conversations are not announced by speakup when arrowing through the message list. 
-Alpine lets you use the delete key in addition to the letter d to delete messages making transition from GUI email clients like thunderbird even easier. this can be configured in mutt, but is not default behavior. +  ​* ​Alpine lets you use the delete key in addition to the letter d to delete messages making transition from GUI email clients like thunderbird even easier. this can be configured in mutt, but is not default behavior. 
-Alpine ​stores ​passwords in a special encrypted file. +  ​* ​Alpine ​can store passwords in a special encrypted file with no special configuration
-Mutt keeps passwords in its main configuration file, .muttrc, and in _plain text by default, but with a bit of configuration you can get mutt to use encrypted passwords also. +  ​* ​Mutt keeps passwords in its main configuration file, .muttrc, and in _plain text by default, but with a bit of configuration you can get mutt to use encrypted passwords also. 
-Alpine can delete marked ​ messages either at predetermined intervals, or you can choose to always do this manually. This can be done in the background avoiding delays with proper configuration. ​  +  ​* ​Alpine can delete marked ​ messages either at predetermined intervals, or you can choose to always do this manually. This can be done in the background avoiding delays with proper configuration. ​  
-Mutt  sometimes hangs when  syncing when connection is intermittent,​ i.e. interrupted for an instant and nothing is deleted/​markings are lost. it's better to use the $ keystroke frequently to avoid having to remark messages. markings are also lost when a connection is times out and a mailbox is closed. +  ​* ​Mutt  sometimes hangs when  syncing when connection is intermittent,​ i.e. interrupted for an instant and nothing is deleted/​markings are lost. it's better to use the $ keystroke frequently to avoid having to remark messages. markings are also lost when a connection is times out and a mailbox is closed. 
- ​Alpine seems to take longer to send mail than Mutt, so sending messages in the background is worth considering. +   * Alpine seems to take longer to send mail than Mutt, so sending messages in the background is worth considering. 
- For a lot more information check out our how-to articles for alpine and mutt.+ 
 +  ​For a lot more information check out our how-to articles for alpine and mutt.
  
 === Links === === Links ===
-[[alpine_e-mail_from_the_command_line]] +  ​[[alpine_e-mail_from_the_command_line]] 
-[[mutt_configuration_and_basic_use]]+  [[mutt_configuration_and_basic_use]]
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