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wanderlust: emacs plus e-mail equals … emailcs?

I’ll give you a tease of wanderlust, and then give you a few links to get you going on it.


I don’t hold any particular grudge against an e-mail tool embedded in emacs. emacs is extensible enough to handle a nifty spectrum of things — spreadsheets and chat clients to name a few — and if necessary, it can even edit text. ๐Ÿ™„

This time I just didn’t have the patience to wade through the configuration and make wanderlust work with my GMail account. It’s not impossible, I expect, and with help from the wiki and from third-party sites, I reckon it should be fairly easy.

My first attempt only brought me to the title page, as you can see above, and I just didn’t have the heart to push through to a happy ending. Use your imagination. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There. Now, by my calculations, both the emacs and vim contingents should have reached a sensible level of parity, in terms of variants, plugins and extensions. I sure wouldn’t want to show any sliver of favoritism. … :\

sup: My pet procrastination

I’ve had, for a very long time now, a link that supposedly explains how to successfully set up sup, offlineimap and ssmtp in an orbital shell around GMail. And still, years later, I haven’t tried it.

I know enough about sup to know that it could possibly dethrone alpine as my daily e-mail tool — which in and of itself is not a huge deal, since mutt nearly did that only a few months ago.

It’s just turned into my favorite thing to procrastinate about — I know it wouldn’t take much more than an hour, but still I haven’t done it. I’m like that sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜


sup has been around for long enough to become a fixture in the console e-mail department, and mentioning it in the same breath as alpine and mutt is the best sign of that.

For what I have seen (recently and in ancient history) it’s clean and quick, and won’t take too long to learn.

All that is required is for me to finally set aside the time it would take to get it all into place. And this week is just not the right time. Maybe next week, when I’m not so busy.

Yeah right. … ๐Ÿ™„

mutt: Miracle of miracles

Well, this is a first.


For years now — no, not years. For nearly a decade I’ve been yapping like a wiener dog on espresso about how I can never get GMail set up with mutt, and how I stick with alpine just because it works for me. I guess I don’t have that excuse any more.

It’ll take me a little while to get used to the arrangement, but so far so good. It’s quite speedy, I’ll give it that.

If you have any advice on getting it to work with multiple accounts (most from the same provider), I’d be happy to hear it. I can run that through DuckDuckGo though, and probably get an answer later today.

And now, let it be said that K.Mandla has finally gotten mutt to work. All credit goes to a cut-and-paste configuration on Linux and Life. Cheers. And sorry about the wiener dog yapping. ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S.: I did mention that if I found a better e-mail client I would jump ship. I stand by that. … ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

alpine: Not the best, not the worst

Out of the vast sea of Linux mail clients, for some forgotten reason I have latched on to alpine.


Or re-alpine, as I should say, since the Arch version has moved to a rebranded version. (That was a joke. Get it? ๐Ÿ™„ )

Why do I insist on using such a (comparatively) heavy, over-featureful, rather obtuse mail and news reader to check my meager four or five GMail accounts once a day?

I really don’t know.

Well, that’s not true. I do know. I stick with alpine — ahem, re-alpine for two or three quick reasons.

  1. It was fairly easy to figure out, for setting up rules and patterns.
  2. It worked on the first try for me.
  3. I’ve got most of the configurations saved from three or four years ago, and it’s just easier this way.

Oh, that last one is a terrible reason. Skip that one.

Truth be told, I feel no allegiance to alpine. It worked when mutt didn’t, five years ago when I was eager to find something to check my email without requiring a mouse.

I keep tabs on other clients — mutt, sup, cone, elmo. When a better one comes along, I’ll jump ship. I am like that sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜

NoPriv.py: A clever e-mail backup

Getting back into the blogging habit has been pleasant, even if my low opinion of bloggers hasn’t changed over the years.

But it did put me back in touch with a lot of people I hadn’t heard from. For example, you might remember Remy and the resurrected Datamini PA40.

Remy wrote a few weeks ago and said the Datamini is still at work, assisting with household chores, in a manner of speaking. You can ask if you want details. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Remy also has a few tools available on his site, including a rather nifty e-mail local backup tool: NoPriv.py.

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The project page has all the information you need to set it up; edit one file for your account information and it will spin away happily and do your bidding.

Be forewarned, if you have a lot of e-mail to sync, it’s going to take a while. I think I had to wait a couple of hours just to back up my Sent messages out of GMail … which says little about the total volume accumulated over the past five or six years. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

But it converts everything into simple HTML pages, which means everything is accessible from elinks or another text-only browser.

Clever. This one has my stamp of approval: A big gold smilie for NoPriv.py: ๐Ÿ˜€