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Re: Best Emacs Mail client.

From: arthur miller
Subject: Re: Best Emacs Mail client.
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 08:29:10 +0000

I understand that guns have some rather steep learning curve, but so does 
Emacs. However both gmail and nowadays outlook/live/hotmail have switched 
pretty much to same model of displaying messages as webforum 
disscution/conversation. It feels as a quite solid proof of concept to me, so 
it might be worth investment to learn few new shortcuts and use built in guns.

I use it myself for gmail and live as imap client and works fine. Did required 
some hair pulling to initially configure until I got it, but it works quite 
fine, just like any other client, with bonus of no additional software needed.

I don't use 3rd party clients like notmuch or similar to download mail either, 
I just do with guns.

I understand it is exact contrary of what you ask for, so feel free to ignore 
my opinion, I just ment to give you a second thought about guns since it is 
already in Emacs and thus convenient to use.

Best regards

Skickat från min Samsung Galaxy-smartphone.

-------- Originalmeddelande --------
Från: Jean Louis <>
Datum: 2019-11-27 08:54 (GMT+01:00)
Till: "M.R.P. zensky" <>
Ämne: Re: Best Emacs Mail client.

* M.R.P. zensky <> [2019-10-29 23:06]:
> Hello I wondering what the best mail client is for me to use. I do
> not want to use gnus. I just want a really good mail client that can
> handle pop and map. Can Rmail support POP and Imap? Should I look
> elsware?

Well... I also wonder about that.

For me, so far, the best way to handle large amounts of emails is
using emacs-libvterm module and mutt email client under
the libvterm within emacs.

I am using Maildirs, for which Emacs does not have support, see

In my setup every conversation is saved to the ~/Maildir folder
correspoding to the email, like ~/Maildir/ then I can
quickly open up previous conversation with the user.

Rmail reads from rmail/mbox file. Not from IMAP. POP you should not
even use, change your provider if you are offered POP. Use always
secure connections to IMAP.

movemail software can move from IMAP to local folder. movemail utility
you may find in GNU Mailutils, being better than the movemail bundled
with the Emacs, see it works like charm, and
it is GNU. It can do some serious magic in handling emails.

My fcrontab entry is:

@ 5 /home/data1/protected/bin/rcd/move-mail.lisp

which is outside script that runs movemail for few IMAP boxes, and
moves mail to local ~/Maildir but you could adapt it to move mail to
local mbox file. Then you could read it with Rmail, which is quite
good in handling emails, but not reliable for me, as I am accessing
emails sometimes with multiple instances of mutt or other tools.

There are other packages for email handling in Emacs, you could look
in list of packages, like Wonderlust and MH-E which is I think built
in package. MH-E is better than Rmail in my opinion, it has good
features and handling of emails, see info for: mh-e

Yet those I cannot use, as I am using Maildir format, for me, mutt is
great solution, and it is running within Emacs frame.


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