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Using gmail, Imap, Google Apps for Your domain

As a die hard Unix/Linux user I have a real hard time using webmail. Gmail has some nice features, but even with it’s keyboard shortcuts, even with spidermonkey’s addon, there are still too many things you need the mouse for. I’m ten time more effective in mutt.
There are, however things that gmail is really good at. Probably the top two are spam filtering and searching.
So, I finally broke down when gmail started offering an imap interface and tried it out, and I’m happy to report that it works quite nicely.
Here’s my config.

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set imap_user = ‘dror@zapatec.net’
set spoolfile =”imaps://imap.gmail.com:993/INBOX”
set folder =”imaps://imap.gmail.com:993″
set record=”imaps://imap.gmail.com/[Gmail]/Sent Mail”
#set postponed=”imaps://imap.gmail.com/[Gmail]/Drafts”]
set header_cache=”~/.mutt_header_cache”
set message_cachedir=”~/.mutt/msgcache/”
set imap_check_subscribed=”yes”
set imap_list_subscribed=”yes”
set imap_keepalive = 5
set use_domain = “yes”
set hostname = “zapatec.net”
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The only issue I have is with doing searches in the headers in mutt. I can search “~C username” or “~s subject” but I can’t just do “user or subject” search since then it’ll start bringing in the bodies of all my messages.

Other than that, it works quite nicely.

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