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NAME
       muttrc - Configuration file for the Mutt Mail User Agent

DESCRIPTION
       A  mutt  configuration file consists of a series of “commands”.  Each line of the file may
       contain one or more commands.  When multiple commands are used, they must be separated  by
       a semicolon (“;”).

       The  hash  mark,  or pound sign (“#”), is used as a “comment” character. You can use it to
       annotate your initialization file. All text after the comment character to the end of  the
       line is ignored.

       Single  quotes  (“'”)  and  double quotes (“"”) can be used to quote strings which contain
       spaces or other special characters.  The difference between the two  types  of  quotes  is
       similar  to  that  of  many  popular shell programs, namely that a single quote is used to
       specify a literal string (one that is not interpreted for shell variables or quoting  with
       a  backslash  [see next paragraph]), while double quotes indicate a string which should be
       evaluated.  For example, backticks are evaluated inside of double quotes, but  not  single
       quotes.

       \ quotes the next character, just as in shells such as bash and zsh.  For example, if want
       to put quotes (“"”) inside of a string, you can use “\” to force the next character to  be
       a literal instead of interpreted character.

       “\\”  means to insert a literal “\” into the line.  “\n” and “\r” have their usual C mean‐
       ings of linefeed and carriage-return, respectively.

       A “\” at the end of a line can be used to split commands  over  multiple  lines,  provided
       that the split points don't appear in the middle of command names.

       It  is also possible to substitute the output of a Unix command in an initialization file.
       This is accomplished by enclosing the command in backticks (`command`).

       UNIX environment variables can be accessed like the way it is done in shells like  sh  and
       bash: Prepend the name of the variable by a dollar (“$”) sign.

COMMANDS
       alias [-group name [...]] key address [, address [ ... ]]
       unalias [ *  | key ]

              alias  defines  an alias key for the given addresses. Each address will be resolved
              into either an email address (user AT example.com) or a named email address (User Name
              <user AT example.com>).  The address may be specified in either format, or in the for‐
              mat “user AT example.com (User Name)”.  unalias removes the alias corresponding to the
              given key or all aliases when “*” is used as an argument. The optional -group argu‐
              ment to alias causes the aliased address(es) to be added to the named group.

       group [-group name] [-rx EXPR [ ... ]] [-addr address [ ... ]]
       ungroup [-group name ] [ * | [[-rx EXPR [ ... ]] [-addr address [ ... ]]]

              group is used to directly add either addresses or regular expressions to the speci‐
              fied  group  or  groups. The different categories of arguments to the group command
              can be in any order. The flags -rx and -addr specify  what  the  following  strings
              (that  cannot  begin  with  a  hyphen)  should  be interpreted as: either a regular
              expression or an email address, respectively.  ungroup is used to remove  addresses
              or regular expressions from the specified group or groups. The syntax is similar to
              the group command, however the special character * can be used to empty a group  of
              all of its contents.

              These  address groups can also be created implicitly by the alias, lists, subscribe
              and alternates commands by specifying the optional -group option.

              Once defined, these address groups can be used in patterns to search for and  limit
              the display to messages matching a group.

       alternates [-group name] regexp [ regexp [ ... ]]
       unalternates [ *  | regexp [ regexp [ ... ]] ]

              alternates is used to inform mutt about alternate addresses where you receive mail;
              you can use regular expressions  to  specify  alternate  addresses.   This  affects
              mutt's  idea  about messages from you, and messages addressed to you.  unalternates
              removes a regular expression from the list of known  alternates.  The  -group  flag
              causes all of the subsequent regular expressions to be added to the named group.

       alternative_order type[/subtype] [ ... ]
       unalternative_order [ *  | type/subtype] [...]

              alternative_order  command  permits  you  to define an order of preference which is
              used by mutt to determine which part of a multipart/alternative body to display.  A
              subtype of “*” matches any subtype, as does an empty subtype.   unalternative_order
              removes entries from the ordered list or deletes the entire list when “*”  is  used
              as an argument.

       auto_view type[/subtype] [ ... ]
       unauto_view type[/subtype] [ ... ]

              This  commands  permits  you  to specify that mutt should automatically convert the
              given MIME types to text/plain when displaying messages.  For this to  work,  there
              must be a mailcap(5) entry for the given MIME type with the copiousoutput flag set.
              A subtype of “*” matches any subtype, as does an empty subtype.

       mime_lookup type[/subtype] [ ... ]
       unmime_lookup type[/subtype] [ ... ]

              This command permits you to define a list of "data" MIME content  types  for  which
              mutt  will  try to determine the actual file type from the file name, and not use a
              mailcap(5) entry given for the original MIME type.  For instance, you may  add  the
              application/octet-stream MIME type to this list.

       bind map1,map2,... key function
              This  command  binds the given key for the given map or maps to the given function.
              Multiple maps may be specified by separating them with  commas  (no  whitespace  is
              allowed).

              Valid  maps  are:  generic,  alias, attach, browser, editor, index, compose, pager,
              pgp, postpone, mix.

              For more information on keys and functions, please consult the  Mutt  Manual.  Note
              that the function name is to be specified without angle brackets.

       account-hook [!]regexp command
              This  hook  is executed whenever you access a remote mailbox. Useful to adjust con‐
              figuration settings to different IMAP or POP servers.

       charset-hook alias charset
              This command defines an alias for a character set.  This is useful to properly dis‐
              play messages which are tagged with a character set name not known to mutt.

       iconv-hook charset local-charset
              This  command  defines  a system-specific name for a character set.  This is useful
              when your system's iconv(3) implementation does not understand MIME  character  set
              names  (such  as iso-8859-1), but instead insists on being fed with implementation-
              specific character set names (such as 8859-1).  In this specific  case,  you'd  put
              this into your configuration file:

              iconv-hook iso-8859-1 8859-1

       message-hook [!]pattern command
              Before  mutt  displays  (or  formats  for  replying  or forwarding) a message which
              matches the given pattern (or, when it is preceded by an exclamation mark, does not
              match  the  pattern),  the  given command is executed.  When multiple message-hooks
              match, they are  executed  in  the order in which they occur in  the  configuration
              file.

       folder-hook [!]regexp command
              When  mutt  enters a folder which matches regexp (or, when regexp is preceded by an
              exclamation mark, does not match regexp), the given command is executed.

              When several folder-hooks match a given mail folder, they are executed in the order
              given in the configuration file.

       macro map key sequence [ description ]
              This  command binds the given sequence of keys to the given key in the given map or
              maps.  For valid maps, see bind. To specify multiple maps, put only a comma between
              the maps.

       color object foreground background [  regexp ]
       color index foreground background [  pattern ]
       uncolor index pattern [ pattern ... ]

              If  your  terminal  supports  color,  these  commands  can  be used to assign fore‐
              ground/background combinations to certain objects.  Valid objects are:  attachment,
              body, bold, header, hdrdefault, index, indicator, markers, message, normal, quoted,
              quotedN, search, signature, status, tilde, tree, underline.  The  body  and  header
              objects  allow you to restrict the colorization to a regular expression.  The index
              object permits you to select colored messages by pattern.

              Valid colors include: white,  black,  green,  magenta,  blue,  cyan,  yellow,  red,
              default, colorN.

       mono object attribute [ regexp ]
       mono index attribute [ pattern ]

              For  terminals  which  don't  support  color,  you  can  still assign attributes to
              objects.  Valid attributes include: none, bold, underline, reverse, and standout.

       [un]ignore pattern [ pattern ... ]
              The ignore command permits you to specify header fields  which  you  usually  don't
              wish  to  see.  Any header field whose tag begins with an “ignored” pattern will be
              ignored.

              The unignore command permits you to define exceptions from the above mentioned list
              of ignored headers.

       lists [-group name] regexp [ regexp ... ]
       unlists regexp [ regexp ... ]
       subscribe [-group name] regexp [ regexp ... ]
       unsubscribe regexp [ regexp ... ]

              Mutt  maintains  two  lists  of mailing list address patterns, a list of subscribed
              mailing lists, and a list of known mailing lists.  All subscribed mailing lists are
              known.  Patterns use regular expressions.

              The  lists  command adds a mailing list address to the list of known mailing lists.
              The unlists command removes a mailing list from the lists of known  and  subscribed
              mailing lists.  The subscribe command adds a mailing list to the lists of known and
              subscribed mailing lists.  The unsubscribe command removes it from the list of sub‐
              scribed  mailing  lists. The -group flag adds all of the subsequent regular expres‐
              sions to the named group.

       mbox-hook [!]pattern mailbox
              When mutt changes to a mail folder which matches pattern, mailbox will be  used  as
              the  “mbox”  folder, i.e., read messages will be moved to that folder when the mail
              folder is left.

              The first matching mbox-hook applies.

       mailboxes filename [ filename ... ]
       unmailboxes [ * | filename ... ]

              The mailboxes specifies folders which can receive mail and which  will  be  checked
              for new messages.  When changing folders, pressing space will cycle through folders
              with new mail.  The unmailboxes command is used to remove a file name from the list
              of  folders which can receive mail.  If "*" is specified as the file name, the list
              is emptied.

       my_hdr string
       unmy_hdr field

              Using my_hdr, you can define headers which will be added to the messages  you  com‐
              pose.  unmy_hdr will remove the given user-defined headers.

       hdr_order header1 header2 [ ... ]
              With  this  command, you can specify an order in which mutt will attempt to present
              headers to you when viewing messages.

       save-hook [!]pattern filename
              When a message matches pattern, the default file name when saving it  will  be  the
              given filename.

       fcc-hook [!]pattern filename
              When  an outgoing message matches pattern, the default file name for storing a copy
              (fcc) will be the given filename.

       fcc-save-hook [!]pattern filename
              This command is an abbreviation for identical fcc-hook and save-hook commands.

       send-hook [!]pattern command
              When composing a message matching pattern,  command  is  executed.   When  multiple
              send-hooks match, they are executed in the order in which they occur in the config‐
              uration file.

       send2-hook [!]pattern command
              Whenever a message matching pattern is changed (either by editing it  or  by  using
              the  compose  menu), command is executed. When multiple send2-hooks match, they are
              executed in the order in which they occur  in  the  configuration  file.   Possible
              applications include setting the $sendmail variable when a message's from header is
              changed.

              send2-hook execution is not triggered by use  of  enter-command  from  the  compose
              menu.

       reply-hook [!]pattern command
              When  replying  to  a message matching pattern, command is executed.  When multiple
              reply-hooks match, they are executed in the order in which they occur in  the  con‐
              figuration  file,  but  all reply-hooks are matched and executed before send-hooks,
              regardless of their order in the configuration file.

       crypt-hook pattern key-id
              The crypt-hook command provides a method by which you can specify  the  ID  of  the
              public key to be used when encrypting messages to a certain recipient.  The meaning
              of "key ID" is to be taken broadly: This can  be  a  different  e-mail  address,  a
              numerical key ID, or even just an arbitrary search string.

       open-hook regexp "command"
       close-hook regexp "command"
       append-hook regexp "command"

              These  commands provide a way to handle compressed folders. The given regexp speci‐
              fies which folders are taken as compressed (e.g.  "\\.gz$"). The commands tell Mutt
              how  to uncompress a folder (open-hook), compress a folder (close-hook) or append a
              compressed mail to a compressed folder (append-hook). The  command  string  is  the
              printf(3)  like  format  string,  and it should accept two parameters: %f, which is
              replaced with the (compressed) folder name, and %t which is replaced with the  name
              of the temporary folder to which to write.

       push string
              This command adds the named string to the keyboard buffer.

       set [no|inv|&|?]variable[=value] [ ... ]
       toggle variable [ ... ]
       unset variable [ ... ]
       reset variable [ ... ]

              These commands are used to set and manipulate configuration variables.

              Mutt  knows  four basic types of variables: boolean, number, string and quadoption.
              Boolean variables can be set (true), unset (false), or  toggled.  Number  variables
              can be assigned a positive integer value.

              String  variables  consist  of any number of printable characters.  Strings must be
              enclosed in quotes if they contain spaces or tabs.  You may also use the “C” escape
              sequences \n and \t for newline and tab, respectively.

              Quadoption  variables are used to control whether or not to be prompted for certain
              actions, or to specify a default action.  A value of yes will cause the  action  to
              be  carried  out  automatically  as if you had answered yes to the question.  Simi‐
              larly, a value of no will cause the the action to be carried  out  as  if  you  had
              answered  “no.”  A  value  of  ask-yes will cause a prompt with a default answer of
              “yes” and ask-no will provide a default answer of “no.”

              The reset command resets all given variables to the compile time defaults.  If  you
              reset  the  special  variable  all,  all variables will reset to their compile time
              defaults.

       source filename
              The given file will be evaluated as a configuration file.

       spam pattern format
       nospam pattern

              These commands define spam-detection patterns from external spam filters,  so  that
              mutt  can  sort, limit, and search on ``spam tags'' or ``spam attributes'', or dis‐
              play them in the index. See the Mutt manual for details.

       unhook [ *  | hook-type ]
              This command will remove all hooks of a given type, or all hooks when “*”  is  used
              as an argument.  hook-type can be any of the -hook commands documented above.

PATTERNS
       In  various places with mutt, including some of the above mentioned hook commands, you can
       specify patterns to match messages.

   Constructing Patterns
       A simple pattern consists of an operator of the form “~character”, possibly followed by  a
       parameter  against  which mutt is supposed to match the object specified by this operator.
       For some characters, the ~ may be replaced by another character to alter the  behavior  of
       the match.  These are described in the list of operators, below.

       With  some  of  these  operators,  the  object  to  be  matched consists of several e-mail
       addresses.  In these cases, the object  is  matched  if  at  least  one  of  these  e-mail
       addresses  matches.  You  can  prepend a hat (“^”) character to such a pattern to indicate
       that all addresses must match in order to match the object.

       You can construct complex patterns by combining simple patterns  with  logical  operators.
       Logical  AND  is  specified  by simply concatenating two simple patterns, for instance “~C
       mutt-dev ~s bug”.  Logical OR is specified by inserting a vertical bar (“|”)  between  two
       patterns,  for instance “~C mutt-dev | ~s bug”.  Additionally, you can negate a pattern by
       prepending a bang (“!”) character.  For logical  grouping,  use  braces  (“()”).  Example:
       “!(~t mutt|~c mutt) ~f elkins”.

   Simple Patterns
       Mutt understands the following simple patterns:

       ~A          all messages
       ~b EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the message body.
       =b STRING   messages  which  contain  STRING  in  the  message  body.  If IMAP is enabled,
                   searches for STRING on the server, rather than downloading  each  message  and
                   searching it locally.
       ~B EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the whole message.
       ~c EXPR     messages carbon-copied to EXPR
       %c GROUP    messages carbon-copied to any member of GROUP
       ~C EXPR     messages either to: or cc: EXPR
       %C GROUP    messages either to: or cc: to any member of GROUP
       ~d MIN-MAX  messages with “date-sent” in a Date range
       ~D          deleted messages
       ~e EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the “Sender” field
       %e GROUP    messages which contain a member of GROUP in the “Sender” field
       ~E          expired messages
       ~f EXPR     messages originating from EXPR
       %f GROUP    messages originating from any member of GROUP
       ~F          flagged messages
       ~g          PGP signed messages
       ~G          PGP encrypted messages
       ~h EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the message header
       ~H EXPR     messages with spam tags matching EXPR
       ~i EXPR     messages which match EXPR in the “Message-ID” field
       ~k          messages containing PGP key material
       ~l          messages  addressed  to  a  known mailing list (defined by either subscribe or
                   list)
       ~L EXPR     messages either originated or received by EXPR
       %L GROUP    messages either originated or received by any member of GROUP
       ~m MIN-MAX  message in the range MIN to MAX
       ~n MIN-MAX  messages with a score in the range MIN to MAX
       ~N          new messages
       ~O          old messages
       ~p          messages addressed to you (as defined by alternates)
       ~P          messages from you (as defined by alternates)
       ~Q          messages which have been replied to
       ~r MIN-MAX  messages with “date-received” in a Date range
       ~R          read messages
       ~s EXPR     messages having EXPR in the “Subject” field.
       ~S          superseded messages
       ~t EXPR     messages addressed to EXPR
       ~T          tagged messages
       ~u          messages addressed to a subscribed mailing list  (defined  by  subscribe  com‐
                   mands)
       ~U          unread messages
       ~v          message is part of a collapsed thread.
       ~V          cryptographically verified messages
       ~x EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the “References” or “In-Reply-To” field
       ~X MIN-MAX  messages with MIN - MAX attachments
       ~y EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the “X-Label” field
       ~z MIN-MAX  messages with a size in the range MIN to MAX
       ~=          duplicated messages (see $duplicate_threads)
       ~$          unreferenced message (requires threaded view)
       ~(PATTERN)  messages  in  threads containing messages matching a certain pattern, e.g. all
                   threads containing messages from you: ~(~P)

       In the above, EXPR is a regular expression.

       With the ~d, ~m, ~n, ~r, ~X, and ~z operators, you can also specify ranges  in  the  forms
       <MAX, >MIN, MIN-, and -MAX.

       With  the  ~z  operator,  the  suffixes  “K”  and  “M” are allowed to specify kilobyte and
       megabyte respectively.

   Matching dates
       The ~d and ~r operators are used to match date ranges, which are interpreted to  be  given
       in your local time zone.

       A  date is of the form DD[/MM[/[cc]YY]], that is, a two-digit date, optionally followed by
       a two-digit month, optionally followed by a year specifications.  Omitted  fields  default
       to the current month and year.

       Mutt  understands  either  two  or four digit year specifications.  When given a two-digit
       year, mutt will interpret values less than 70 as lying in the  21st  century  (i.e.,  “38”
       means  2038  and  not  1938,  and “00” is interpreted as 2000), and values greater than or
       equal to 70 as lying in the 20th century.

       Note that this behavior is Y2K compliant, but that mutt does have a Y2.07K problem.

       If a date range consists of a single date, the operator in question will match  that  pre‐
       cise  date.   If  the  date range consists of a dash (“-”), followed by a date, this range
       will match any date before and up to the date given.  Similarly, a date followed by a dash
       matches the date given and any later point of time.  Two dates, separated by a dash, match
       any date which lies in the given range of time.

       You can also modify any absolute date by giving an error range.  An error  range  consists
       of  one  of  the characters +, -, *, followed by a positive number, followed by one of the
       unit characters y, m, w, or d, specifying a unit of years,  months,  weeks,  or  days.   +
       increases  the maximum date matched by the given interval of time, - decreases the minimum
       date matched by the given interval of time, and * increases the maximum date and decreases
       the  minimum  date matched by the given interval of time.  It is possible to give multiple
       error margins, which cumulate.  Example: 1/1/2001-1w+2w*3d

       You can also specify offsets relative to the current date.  An offset is specified as  one
       of  the  characters  <,  >,  =, followed by a positive number, followed by one of the unit
       characters y, m, w, or d.  > matches dates which are older than the  specified  amount  of
       time, an offset which begins with the character < matches dates which are more recent than
       the specified amount of time, and an offset which begins  with  the  character  =  matches
       points of time which are precisely the given amount of time ago.

CONFIGURATION VARIABLES
       abort_nosubject
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              If  set  to  yes,  when  composing  messages and no subject is given at the subject
              prompt, composition will be aborted.  If set to no, composing messages with no sub‐
              ject given at the subject prompt will never be aborted.



       abort_unmodified
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              If  set to yes, composition will automatically abort after editing the message body
              if no changes are made to the file (this check only happens after the first edit of
              the file).  When set to no, composition will never be aborted.



       alias_file
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.muttrc”

              The  default  file in which to save aliases created by the <create-alias> function.
              Entries added to this file are encoded in the  character  set  specified  by  $con‐
              fig_charset if it is set or the current character set otherwise.

              Note:  Mutt  will  not  automatically source this file; you must explicitly use the
              “source” command for it to be executed in case this option points  to  a  dedicated
              alias file.

              The default for this option is the currently used muttrc file, or “~/.muttrc” if no
              user muttrc was found.



       alias_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4n %2f %t %-10a   %r”

              Specifies the format of the data displayed for the  “alias”  menu.   The  following
              printf(3)-style sequences are available:
              %a     alias name
              %f     flags - currently, a “d” for an alias marked for deletion
              %n     index number
              %r     address which alias expands to
              %t     character which indicates if the alias is tagged for inclusion


       allow_8bit
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether 8-bit data is converted to 7-bit using either Quoted- Printable or
              Base64 encoding when sending mail.



       allow_ansi
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Controls whether ANSI color codes in messages (and color tags  in  rich  text  mes‐
              sages)  are  to  be  interpreted.  Messages containing these codes are rare, but if
              this option is set, their text will be colored  accordingly.  Note  that  this  may
              override  your  color choices, and even present a security problem, since a message
              could include a line like


              [-- PGP output follows ...


              and give it the same color as your attachment color (see also $crypt_timestamp).



       arrow_cursor
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, an arrow (“->”) will be used to  indicate  the  current  entry  in  menus
              instead  of  highlighting the whole line.  On slow network or modem links this will
              make response faster because there is less that has to be  redrawn  on  the  screen
              when moving to the next or previous entries in the menu.



       ascii_chars
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set, Mutt will use plain ASCII characters when displaying thread and attachment
              trees, instead of the default ACS characters.



       askbcc
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, Mutt will prompt you for blind-carbon-copy (Bcc) recipients before  editing
              an outgoing message.



       askcc
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  Mutt  will  prompt you for carbon-copy (Cc) recipients before editing the
              body of an outgoing message.



       ask_follow_up
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, Mutt will prompt you for follow-up groups before editing  the  body  of  an
              outgoing message.



       ask_x_comment_to
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  Mutt will prompt you for x-comment-to field before editing the body of an
              outgoing message.



       assumed_charset
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This variable is a colon-separated list of character encoding schemes for  messages
              without  character  encoding indication.  Header field values and message body con‐
              tent without character encoding indication would be assumed that they  are  written
              in  one  of  this list.  By default, all the header fields and message body without
              any charset indication are assumed to be in “us-ascii”.

              For example, Japanese users might prefer this:


              set assumed_charset=”iso-2022-jp:euc-jp:shift_jis:utf-8”


              However, only the first content is valid for the message body.



       attach_charset
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This variable is a colon-separated list of character encoding schemes for text file
              attachments.  Mutt  uses  this setting to guess which encoding files being attached
              are encoded in to convert them to a proper character set given in $send_charset.

              If unset, the value of $charset will be used instead.  For example,  the  following
              configuration would work for Japanese text handling:


              set attach_charset=”iso-2022-jp:euc-jp:shift_jis:utf-8”


              Note:  for  Japanese  users,  “iso-2022-*”  must be put at the head of the value as
              shown above if included.



       attach_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%u%D%I %t%4n %T%.40d%> [%.7m/%.10M, %.6e%?C?, %C?, %s] ”

              This variable describes  the  format  of  the  “attachment”  menu.   The  following
              printf(3)-style sequences are understood:
              %C     charset
              %c     requires charset conversion (“n” or “c”)
              %D     deleted flag
              %d     description
              %e     MIME content-transfer-encoding
              %f     filename
              %I     disposition (“I” for inline, “A” for attachment)
              %m     major MIME type
              %M     MIME subtype
              %n     attachment number
              %Q     “Q”, if MIME part qualifies for attachment counting
              %s     size
              %t     tagged flag
              %T     graphic tree characters
              %u     unlink (=to delete) flag
              %X     number  of  qualifying  MIME parts in this part and its children (please see
                     the “attachments” section for possible speed effects)
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with character “X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with character “X”
              %*X    soft-fill with character “X” as pad

              For an explanation of “soft-fill”, see the $index_format documentation.



       attach_sep
              Type: string
              Default: “\n”

              The separator to add between attachments when operating (saving, printing,  piping,
              etc) on a list of tagged attachments.



       attach_split
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If this variable is unset, when operating (saving, printing, piping, etc) on a list
              of tagged attachments, Mutt will concatenate the attachments and  will  operate  on
              them  as a single attachment. The $attach_sep separator is added after each attach‐
              ment. When set, Mutt will operate on the attachments one by one.



       attribution
              Type: string
              Default: “On %d, %n wrote:”

              This is the string that will precede a message which has been included in a  reply.
              For  a  full  listing  of  defined  printf(3)-like  sequences  see  the  section on
              $index_format.



       auto_tag
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, functions in the index menu which affect a message will be applied to all
              tagged  messages  (if there are any).  When unset, you must first use the <tag-pre‐
              fix> function (bound to “;” by default) to make the  next  function  apply  to  all
              tagged messages.



       autoedit
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set along with $edit_headers, Mutt will skip the initial send-menu (prompting
              for subject and recipients) and allow you to immediately begin editing the body  of
              your  message.   The send-menu may still be accessed once you have finished editing
              the body of your message.

              Note: when this option is set, you cannot use send-hooks that depend on the recipi‐
              ents when composing a new (non-reply) message, as the initial list of recipients is
              empty.

              Also see $fast_reply.



       beep
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When this variable is set, mutt will beep when an error occurs.



       beep_new
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When this variable is set, mutt will beep whenever it prints  a  message  notifying
              you of new mail.  This is independent of the setting of the $beep variable.



       bounce
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether you will be asked to confirm bouncing messages.  If set to yes you
              don't get asked if you want to bounce a message. Setting this variable to no is not
              generally  useful,  and thus not recommended, because you are unable to bounce mes‐
              sages.



       bounce_delivered
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When this variable is set, mutt will include  Delivered-To  headers  when  bouncing
              messages.  Postfix users may wish to unset this variable.

              Note: On Debian systems, this option is unset by default in /etc/Muttrc.



       braille_friendly
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  this variable is set, mutt will place the cursor at the beginning of the cur‐
              rent line in menus, even when the $arrow_cursor variable is unset, making it easier
              for  blind  persons  using  Braille  displays to follow these menus.  The option is
              unset by default because many visual  terminals  don't  permit  making  the  cursor
              invisible.



       catchup_newsgroup
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              If  this variable is set, Mutt will mark all articles in newsgroup as read when you
              quit the newsgroup (catchup newsgroup).



       certificate_file
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.mutt_certificates”

              This variable specifies the file where the certificates you trust are  saved.  When
              an  unknown  certificate  is encountered, you are asked if you accept it or not. If
              you accept it, the certificate can also be saved in this file and  further  connec‐
              tions are automatically accepted.

              You can also manually add CA certificates in this file. Any server certificate that
              is signed with one of these CA certificates is also automatically accepted.

              Example:


              set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates




       charset
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Character set your terminal uses to display and enter textual data.  It is also the
              fallback for $send_charset.

              Upon  startup  Mutt  tries  to derive this value from environment variables such as
              $LC_CTYPE or $LANG.

              Note: It should only be set in case Mutt isn't able to determine the character  set
              used correctly.



       check_mbox_size
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When this variable is set, mutt will use file size attribute instead of access time
              when checking for new mail in mbox and mmdf folders.

              This variable is unset by default and should only be enabled when new  mail  detec‐
              tion for these folder types is unreliable or doesn't work.

              Note  that  enabling  this variable should happen before any “mailboxes” directives
              occur in configuration files regarding mbox or mmdf folders because mutt  needs  to
              determine  the initial new mail status of such a mailbox by performing a fast mail‐
              box scan when it is defined.  Afterwards the new mail status  is  tracked  by  file
              size changes.



       check_new
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Note: this option only affects maildir and MH style mailboxes.

              When  set, Mutt will check for new mail delivered while the mailbox is open.  Espe‐
              cially with MH mailboxes, this operation can take quite some time since it involves
              scanning  the directory and checking each file to see if it has already been looked
              at.  If this variable is unset, no check for new mail is performed while the  mail‐
              box is open.



       collapse_unread
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When unset, Mutt will not collapse a thread if it contains any unread messages.



       compose_format
              Type: string
              Default: “-- Mutt: Compose  [Approx. msg size: %l   Atts: %a]%>-”

              Controls  the  format  of  the  status  line displayed in the “compose” menu.  This
              string is similar  to  $status_format,  but  has  its  own  set  of  printf(3)-like
              sequences:
              %a     total number of attachments
              %h     local hostname
              %l     approximate size (in bytes) of the current message
              %v     Mutt version string

              See  the  text  describing the $status_format option for more information on how to
              set $compose_format.



       config_charset
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              When defined, Mutt will recode commands in rc files from this encoding to the  cur‐
              rent character set as specified by $charset and aliases written to $alias_file from
              the current character set.

              Please note that  if  setting  $charset  it  must  be  done  before  setting  $con‐
              fig_charset.

              Recoding  should  be  avoided as it may render unconvertable characters as question
              marks which can lead to undesired side effects  (for  example  in  regular  expres‐
              sions).



       confirmappend
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set, Mutt will prompt for confirmation when appending messages to an existing
              mailbox.



       confirmcreate
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will prompt for confirmation when saving messages to a mailbox which
              does not yet exist before creating it.



       connect_timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 30

              Causes Mutt to timeout a network connection (for IMAP, POP or SMTP) after this many
              seconds if the connection is not able to be established.  A negative  value  causes
              Mutt to wait indefinitely for the connection attempt to succeed.



       content_type
              Type: string
              Default: “text/plain”

              Sets the default Content-Type for the body of newly composed messages.



       copy
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This  variable  controls  whether  or  not copies of your outgoing messages will be
              saved for later references.  Also see $record, $save_name,  $force_name  and  “fcc-
              hook”.



       crypt_autoencrypt
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Setting  this  variable  will  cause Mutt to always attempt to PGP encrypt outgoing
              messages.  This is probably only useful in connection to the  “send-hook”  command.
              It  can  be  overridden  by use of the pgp menu, when encryption is not required or
              signing is requested as well.  If $smime_is_default is set, then  OpenSSL  is  used
              instead  to  create  S/MIME  messages  and settings can be overridden by use of the
              smime menu instead.  (Crypto only)



       crypt_autopgp
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether or not mutt may  automatically  enable  PGP  encryp‐
              tion/signing  for  messages.   See  also  $crypt_autoencrypt,  $crypt_replyencrypt,
              $crypt_autosign, $crypt_replysign and $smime_is_default.



       crypt_autosign
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Setting this variable will cause Mutt to always attempt to  cryptographically  sign
              outgoing  messages.  This can be overridden by use of the pgp menu, when signing is
              not required or encryption is requested as well. If $smime_is_default is set,  then
              OpenSSL is used instead to create S/MIME messages and settings can be overridden by
              use of the smime menu instead of the pgp menu.  (Crypto only)



       crypt_autosmime
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether or not mutt may automatically enable S/MIME  encryp‐
              tion/signing   for  messages.  See  also  $crypt_autoencrypt,  $crypt_replyencrypt,
              $crypt_autosign, $crypt_replysign and $smime_is_default.



       crypt_replyencrypt
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, automatically  PGP  or  OpenSSL  encrypt  replies  to  messages  which  are
              encrypted.  (Crypto only)



       crypt_replysign
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, automatically PGP or OpenSSL sign replies to messages which are signed.

              Note: this does not work on messages that are encrypted and signed!  (Crypto only)



       crypt_replysignencrypted
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set, automatically PGP or OpenSSL sign replies to messages which are encrypted.
              This makes sense in combination with $crypt_replyencrypt, because it allows you  to
              sign all messages which are automatically encrypted.  This works around the problem
              noted in $crypt_replysign, that mutt is not able to find out whether  an  encrypted
              message is also signed.  (Crypto only)



       crypt_timestamp
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set, mutt will include a time stamp in the lines surrounding PGP or S/MIME out‐
              put, so spoofing such lines is more difficult.  If you are  using  colors  to  mark
              these lines, and rely on these, you may unset this setting.  (Crypto only)



       crypt_use_gpgme
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This  variable controls the use of the GPGME-enabled crypto backends.  If it is set
              and Mutt was built with gpgme support, the gpgme code for S/MIME and  PGP  will  be
              used  instead  of the classic code.  Note that you need to set this option in .mut‐
              trc; it won't have any effect when used interactively.



       crypt_use_pka
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Controls whether mutt uses  PKA  (see  http://www.g10code.de/docs/pka-intro.de.pdf)
              during signature verification (only supported by the GPGME backend).



       crypt_verify_sig
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              If  “yes”,  always  attempt  to  verify  PGP or S/MIME signatures.  If “ask-*”, ask
              whether or not to verify the signature.  If “no”, never attempt to  verify  crypto‐
              graphic signatures.  (Crypto only)



       date_format
              Type: string
              Default: “!%a, %b %d, %Y at %I:%M:%S%p %Z”

              This  variable  controls  the  format  of  the date printed by the “%d” sequence in
              $index_format.  This is passed to the strftime(3) function to process the date, see
              the man page for the proper syntax.

              Unless  the  first  character in the string is a bang (“!”), the month and week day
              names are expanded according to the locale specified in the  variable  $locale.  If
              the  first  character in the string is a bang, the bang is discarded, and the month
              and week day names in the rest of the string are expanded in the C locale (that  is
              in US English).



       default_hook
              Type: string
              Default: “~f %s !~P | (~P ~C %s)”

              This variable controls how “message-hook”, “reply-hook”, “send-hook”, “send2-hook”,
              “save-hook”, and “fcc-hook” will be interpreted if they are specified with  only  a
              simple regexp, instead of a matching pattern.  The hooks are expanded when they are
              declared, so a hook will be interpreted according to the value of this variable  at
              the time the hook is declared.

              The default value matches if the message is either from a user matching the regular
              expression given, or if it is from you (if the from address  matches  “alternates”)
              and is to or cc'ed to a user matching the given regular expression.



       delete
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not messages are really deleted when closing or synchronizing a
              mailbox.  If set to yes, messages marked for deleting will automatically be  purged
              without  prompting.  If set to no, messages marked for deletion will be kept in the
              mailbox.



       delete_untag
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If this option is set, mutt will untag messages when  marking  them  for  deletion.
              This  applies  when  you either explicitly delete a message, or when you save it to
              another folder.



       digest_collapse
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If this option is set, mutt's received-attachments menu will not show the  subparts
              of  individual messages in a multipart/digest.  To see these subparts, press “v” on
              that menu.



       display_filter
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              When set, specifies a command used to filter messages.  When a message is viewed it
              is  passed  as  standard input to $display_filter, and the filtered message is read
              from the standard output.



       dotlock_program
              Type: path
              Default: “/usr/bin/mutt_dotlock”

              Contains the path of the mutt_dotlock(8) binary to be used by mutt.



       dsn_notify
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This variable sets the request for when notification is returned.  The string  con‐
              sists  of  a  comma  separated  list  (no spaces!) of one or more of the following:
              never, to never request notification, failure, to request notification on transmis‐
              sion  failure,  delay, to be notified of message delays, success, to be notified of
              successful transmission.

              Example:


              set dsn_notify=”failure,delay”


              Note: when using $sendmail for delivery, you should not enable this unless you  are
              either  using Sendmail 8.8.x or greater or a MTA providing a sendmail(1)-compatible
              interface supporting the -N option for DSN.  For  SMTP  delivery,  DSN  support  is
              auto-detected so that it depends on the server whether DSN will be used or not.



       dsn_return
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  variable  controls  how much of your message is returned in DSN messages.  It
              may be set to either hdrs to return just the message header, or full to return  the
              full message.

              Example:


              set dsn_return=hdrs


              Note:  when using $sendmail for delivery, you should not enable this unless you are
              either using Sendmail 8.8.x or greater or a MTA providing a  sendmail(1)-compatible
              interface  supporting  the  -R  option  for  DSN. For SMTP delivery, DSN support is
              auto-detected so that it depends on the server whether DSN will be used or not.



       duplicate_threads
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether mutt, when $sort is set to threads, threads messages
              with  the  same Message-Id together.  If it is set, it will indicate that it thinks
              they are duplicates of each other with an equals sign in the thread tree.



       edit_headers
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This option allows you to edit the header of your outgoing messages along with  the
              body of your message.

              Note  that changes made to the References: and Date: headers are ignored for inter‐
              operability reasons.



       editor
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This variable specifies which editor is used by mutt.  It defaults to the value  of
              the  $VISUAL,  or $EDITOR, environment variable, or to the string “/usr/bin/editor”
              if neither of those are set.

              The $editor string may contain a %s escape, which will be replaced by the  name  of
              the  file  to  be edited.  If the %s escape does not appear in $editor, a space and
              the name to be edited are appended.

              The resulting string is then executed by running


              sh -c 'string'


              where string is the expansion of $editor described above.



       encode_from
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, mutt will quoted-printable encode messages when they contain  the  string
              “From  ”  (note  the trailing space) in the beginning of a line.  This is useful to
              avoid the tampering certain mail delivery and transport agents tend to do with mes‐
              sages  (in  order  to prevent tools from misinterpreting the line as a mbox message
              separator).



       envelope_from_address
              Type: e-mail address
              Default: “”

              Manually sets the envelope sender for outgoing messages.  This value is ignored  if
              $use_envelope_from is unset.



       escape
              Type: string
              Default: “~”

              Escape character to use for functions in the built-in editor.



       fast_reply
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  the initial prompt for recipients and subject are skipped when replying
              to messages, and the initial prompt for subject is  skipped  when  forwarding  mes‐
              sages.

              Note: this variable has no effect when the $autoedit variable is set.



       fcc_attach
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This  variable  controls  whether or not attachments on outgoing messages are saved
              along with the main body of your message.



       fcc_clear
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When this variable is set, FCCs will be stored unencrypted and unsigned, even  when
              the actual message is encrypted and/or signed.  (PGP only)



       folder
              Type: path
              Default: “~/Mail”

              Specifies the default location of your mailboxes.  A “+” or “=” at the beginning of
              a pathname will be expanded to the value of this variable.  Note that if you change
              this  variable  (from  the default) value you need to make sure that the assignment
              occurs before you use “+” or “=” for any  other  variables  since  expansion  takes
              place when handling the “mailboxes” command.



       folder_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%2C %t %N %F %2l %-8.8u %-8.8g %8s %d %f”

              This  variable  allows  you  to customize the file browser display to your personal
              taste.   This  string  is  similar  to  $index_format,  but  has  its  own  set  of
              printf(3)-like sequences:
              %C     current file number
              %d     date/time folder was last modified
              %D     date/time folder was last modified using $date_format.
              %f     filename  (“/” is appended to directory names, “@” to symbolic links and “*”
                     to executable files)
              %F     file permissions
              %g     group name (or numeric gid, if missing)
              %l     number of hard links
              %N     N if folder has new mail, blank otherwise
              %s     size in bytes
              %t     “*” if the file is tagged, blank otherwise
              %u     owner name (or numeric uid, if missing)
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with character “X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with character “X”
              %*X    soft-fill with character “X” as pad

              For an explanation of “soft-fill”, see the $index_format documentation.



       followup_to
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether or not the “Mail-Followup-To:”  header  field  is  generated  when
              sending  mail.   When set, Mutt will generate this field when you are replying to a
              known mailing list, specified with the “subscribe” or “lists” commands.

              This field has two purposes.  First, preventing you from receiving duplicate copies
              of  replies  to messages which you send to mailing lists, and second, ensuring that
              you do get a reply separately for any messages sent to known lists to which you are
              not subscribed.

              The  header will contain only the list's address for subscribed lists, and both the
              list address and your own email  address  for  unsubscribed  lists.   Without  this
              header,  a  group  reply  to your message sent to a subscribed list will be sent to
              both the list and your address, resulting in two copies of the same email for you.



       followup_to_poster
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              If this variable is set and the keyword ”poster” is present in Followup-To  header,
              follow-up  to  newsgroup  function is not permitted.  The message will be mailed to
              the submitter of the message via mail.



       force_name
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable is similar to $save_name, except that Mutt will store a copy of  your
              outgoing  message  by  the  username of the address you are sending to even if that
              mailbox does not exist.

              Also see the $record variable.



       forward_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls the decoding of complex MIME messages into text/plain  when  forwarding  a
              message.   The message header is also RFC2047 decoded.  This variable is only used,
              if $mime_forward is unset, otherwise $mime_forward_decode is used instead.



       forward_decrypt
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls the handling of encrypted messages when forwarding a message.   When  set,
              the  outer  layer  of  encryption  is  stripped off.  This variable is only used if
              $mime_forward is set and $mime_forward_decode is unset.  (PGP only)



       forward_edit
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This quadoption controls whether or not the user is  automatically  placed  in  the
              editor when forwarding messages.  For those who always want to forward with no mod‐
              ification, use a setting of “no”.



       forward_format
              Type: string
              Default: “[%a: %s]”

              This variable controls the default subject when forwarding a message.  It uses  the
              same format sequences as the $index_format variable.



       forward_quote
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  forwarded  messages  included  in  the  main  body of the message (when
              $mime_forward is unset) will be quoted using $indent_string.



       from
              Type: e-mail address
              Default: “”

              When set, this variable contains a default from  address.   It  can  be  overridden
              using  “my_hdr” (including from a “send-hook”) and $reverse_name.  This variable is
              ignored if $use_from is unset.

              This setting defaults to the contents of the environment variable $EMAIL.



       gecos_mask
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “^[^,]*”

              A regular expression used by mutt to parse the GECOS field of a password entry when
              expanding  the alias.  The default value will return the string up to the first “,”
              encountered.  If the GECOS field contains a string like “lastname, firstname”  then
              you should set it to “.*”.

              This can be useful if you see the following behavior: you address an e-mail to user
              ID “stevef” whose full name is “Steve  Franklin”.   If  mutt  expands  “stevef”  to
              “”Franklin”  stevef AT foo.bar”  then  you  should  set  the  $gecos_mask to a regular
              expression that will match the  whole  name  so  mutt  will  expand  “Franklin”  to
              “Franklin, Steve”.



       group_index_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4C %M%N %5s  %-45.45f %d”

              This  variable  allows  you to customize the newsgroup browser display to your per‐
              sonal taste.  This string is similar to “index_format”, but  has  its  own  set  of
              printf()-like sequences:
              %C     current newsgroup number
              %d     description of newsgroup (becomes from server)
              %f     newsgroup name
              %M     - if newsgroup not allowed for direct post (moderated for example)
              %N     N if newsgroup is new, u if unsubscribed, blank otherwise
              %n     number of new articles in newsgroup
              %s     number of unread articles in newsgroup
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with character ”X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with character ”X”


       hdrs
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  unset,  the header fields normally added by the “my_hdr” command are not cre‐
              ated.  This variable must be unset before composing a new message  or  replying  in
              order  to  take  effect.  If set, the user defined header fields are added to every
              new message.



       header
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, this variable causes Mutt to include the header of the  message  you  are
              replying to into the edit buffer.  The $weed setting applies.



       header_cache
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This variable points to the header cache database.  If pointing to a directory Mutt
              will contain a header cache database file per folder, if pointing to  a  file  that
              file  will  be  a  single  global header cache. By default it is unset so no header
              caching will be used.

              Header caching can greatly improve speed when opening POP, IMAP MH or Maildir fold‐
              ers, see “caching” for details.



       header_cache_compress
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  mutt  is  compiled  with  qdbm  or tokyocabinet as header cache backend, this
              option determines whether the database will be compressed.  Compression results  in
              database  files  roughly being one fifth of the usual diskspace, but the decompres‐
              sion can result in a slower opening of cached folder(s) which in general  is  still
              much faster than opening non header cached folders.



       help
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set,  help  lines describing the bindings for the major functions provided by
              each menu are displayed on the first line of the screen.

              Note: The binding will not be displayed correctly if the function  is  bound  to  a
              sequence rather than a single keystroke.  Also, the help line may not be updated if
              a binding is changed while Mutt is running.  Since this variable is primarily aimed
              at new users, neither of these should present a major problem.



       hidden_host
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  mutt will skip the host name part of $hostname variable when adding the
              domain part to addresses.  This variable does not affect  the  generation  of  Mes‐
              sage-IDs, and it will not lead to the cut-off of first-level domains.



       hide_limited
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set, mutt will not show the presence of messages that are hidden by limiting,
              in the thread tree.



       hide_missing
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will not show the presence of missing messages in the thread tree.



       hide_thread_subject
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will not show the subject of messages in the thread tree  that  have
              the same subject as their parent or closest previously displayed sibling.



       hide_top_limited
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set, mutt will not show the presence of messages that are hidden by limiting,
              at the top of threads in the thread tree.  Note that  when  $hide_limited  is  set,
              this option will have no effect.



       hide_top_missing
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will not show the presence of missing messages at the top of threads
              in the thread tree.  Note that when $hide_missing is set, this option will have  no
              effect.



       history
              Type: number
              Default: 10

              This  variable  controls  the  size (in number of strings remembered) of the string
              history buffer per category. The buffer is cleared each time the variable is set.



       history_file
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.mutthistory”

              The file in which Mutt will save its history.



       honor_disposition
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, Mutt will not display attachments  with  a  disposition  of  “attachment”
              inline even if it could render the part to plain text. These MIME parts can only be
              viewed from the attachment menu.

              If unset, Mutt will render all MIME parts it can properly transform to plain text.



       honor_followup_to
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether or not a Mail-Followup-To  header  is  honored  when
              group-replying to a message.



       hostname
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Specifies  the fully-qualified hostname of the system mutt is running on containing
              the host's name and the DNS domain it belongs to. It is used  as  the  domain  part
              (after “@”) for local email addresses as well as Message-Id headers.

              Its  value  is  determined at startup as follows: If the node's name as returned by
              the uname(3) function contains the hostname and the domain, these are used to  con‐
              struct  $hostname.  If  there  is  no  domain  part  returned, Mutt will look for a
              “domain” or “search” line in /etc/resolv.conf to determine the domain.  Optionally,
              Mutt  can  be compiled with a fixed domain name in which case a detected one is not
              used.

              Also see $use_domain and $hidden_host.

              Note: On Debian systems, the default for this variable is obtained from  /etc/mail‐
              name when Mutt starts.



       ignore_linear_white_space
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This  option  replaces linear-white-space between encoded-word and text to a single
              space to prevent the display of MIME-encoded “Subject:” field  from  being  divided
              into multiple lines.



       ignore_list_reply_to
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Affects the behavior of the <reply> function when replying to messages from mailing
              lists (as defined by the “subscribe”  or  “lists”  commands).   When  set,  if  the
              “Reply-To:”  field  is  set to the same value as the “To:” field, Mutt assumes that
              the “Reply-To:” field was set by the mailing list  to  automate  responses  to  the
              list,  and  will  ignore this field.  To direct a response to the mailing list when
              this option is set, use the <list-reply> function; <group-reply> will reply to both
              the sender and the list.



       imap_authenticators
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This is a colon-delimited list of authentication methods mutt may attempt to use to
              log in to an IMAP server, in the order mutt should try them.  Authentication  meth‐
              ods  are  either “login” or the right side of an IMAP “AUTH=xxx” capability string,
              e.g. “digest-md5”, “gssapi” or “cram-md5”. This option is case-insensitive. If it's
              unset  (the default) mutt will try all available methods, in order from most-secure
              to least-secure.

              Example:


              set imap_authenticators=”gssapi:cram-md5:login”


              Note: Mutt will only fall back to other  authentication  methods  if  the  previous
              methods  are  unavailable.  If a method is available but authentication fails, mutt
              will not connect to the IMAP server.



       imap_check_subscribed
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, mutt will fetch the set of subscribed folders from your server on connec‐
              tion, and add them to the set of mailboxes it polls for new mail just as if you had
              issued individual “mailboxes” commands.



       imap_delim_chars
              Type: string
              Default: “/.”

              This contains the list of characters which you would like to treat as folder  sepa‐
              rators  for displaying IMAP paths. In particular it helps in using the “=” shortcut
              for your folder variable.



       imap_headers
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Mutt requests these header fields in addition  to  the  default  headers  (“Date:”,
              “From:”,  “Subject:”,  “To:”, “Cc:”, “Message-Id:”, “References:”, “Content-Type:”,
              “Content-Description:”,  “In-Reply-To:”,   “Reply-To:”,   “Lines:”,   “List-Post:”,
              “X-Label:”) from IMAP servers before displaying the index menu. You may want to add
              more headers for spam detection.

              Note: This is a space separated list, items should be uppercase and not contain the
              colon,  e.g.  “X-BOGOSITY X-SPAM-STATUS” for the “X-Bogosity:” and “X-Spam-Status:”
              header fields.



       imap_idle
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, mutt will attempt to use the IMAP IDLE extension to check for new mail in
              the  current  mailbox.  Some  servers (dovecot was the inspiration for this option)
              react badly to mutt's implementation. If your connection seems to freeze up period‐
              ically, try unsetting this.



       imap_keepalive
              Type: number
              Default: 300

              This  variable  specifies the maximum amount of time in seconds that mutt will wait
              before polling open IMAP connections, to  prevent  the  server  from  closing  them
              before  mutt  has  finished with them. The default is well within the RFC-specified
              minimum amount of time (30 minutes) before a server is allowed to do this,  but  in
              practice  the  RFC  does get violated every now and then. Reduce this number if you
              find yourself getting disconnected from your IMAP server due to inactivity.



       imap_list_subscribed
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable configures whether IMAP folder browsing will look for only subscribed
              folders  or  all  folders.   This can be toggled in the IMAP browser with the <tog‐
              gle-subscribed> function.



       imap_login
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Your login name on the IMAP server.

              This variable defaults to the value of $imap_user.



       imap_pass
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Specifies the password for your IMAP account.  If unset, Mutt will prompt  you  for
              your password when you invoke the <imap-fetch-mail> function or try to open an IMAP
              folder.

              Warning: you should only use this option when you are on a fairly  secure  machine,
              because  the  superuser  can  read your muttrc even if you are the only one who can
              read the file.



       imap_passive
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will not open new IMAP connections to check for new mail.  Mutt will
              only  check  for  new  mail  over existing IMAP connections.  This is useful if you
              don't want to be prompted to user/password pairs on mutt invocation, or if  opening
              the connection is slow.



       imap_peek
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will avoid implicitly marking your mail as read whenever you fetch a
              message from the server. This is generally a good thing, but can  make  closing  an
              IMAP folder somewhat slower. This option exists to appease speed freaks.



       imap_pipeline_depth
              Type: number
              Default: 15

              Controls  the number of IMAP commands that may be queued up before they are sent to
              the server. A deeper pipeline reduces the amount of time mutt  must  wait  for  the
              server,  and  can  make IMAP servers feel much more responsive. But not all servers
              correctly handle pipelined commands, so if you have problems you might want to  try
              setting this variable to 0.

              Note: Changes to this variable have no effect on open connections.



       imap_servernoise
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set,  mutt  will  display warning messages from the IMAP server as error mes‐
              sages. Since these messages are often harmless, or generated due  to  configuration
              problems  on the server which are out of the users' hands, you may wish to suppress
              them at some point.



       imap_user
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              The name of the user whose mail you intend to access on the IMAP server.

              This variable defaults to your user name on the local machine.



       implicit_autoview
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set to “yes”, mutt will look for a mailcap entry with the  “copiousoutput”  flag
              set  for  every MIME attachment it doesn't have an internal viewer defined for.  If
              such an entry is found, mutt will use the viewer defined in that entry  to  convert
              the  body  part  to  text  form.  MIME attachments with 'text' types, with the only
              exception of text/html, are excluded:  they  will  be  shown  as  they  are  unless
              auto_view is specified.



       include
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not a copy of the message(s) you are replying to is included in
              your reply.



       include_onlyfirst
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Controls whether or not Mutt includes only the first attachment of the message  you
              are replying.



       indent_string
              Type: string
              Default: “> ”

              Specifies  the  string to prepend to each line of text quoted in a message to which
              you are replying.  You are strongly encouraged not to  change  this  value,  as  it
              tends to agitate the more fanatical netizens.

              The value of this option is ignored if $text_flowed is set, too because the quoting
              mechanism is strictly defined for format=flowed.

              This option is a format string, please see the  description  of  $index_format  for
              supported printf(3)-style sequences.



       index_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4C %Z %{%b %d} %-15.15L (%?l?%4l&%4c?) %s”

              This  variable  allows  you to customize the message index display to your personal
              taste.

              “Format strings” are similar to the strings used in the  C  function  printf(3)  to
              format  output  (see  the  man page for more details).  The following sequences are
              defined in Mutt:
              %a     address of the author
              %A     reply-to address (if present; otherwise: address of author)
              %b     filename of the original message folder (think mailbox)
              %B     the list to which the letter was sent, or else the folder name (%b).
              %c     number of characters (bytes) in the message
              %C     current message number
              %d     date and time of the message in the format specified  by  $date_format  con‐
                     verted to sender's time zone
              %D     date  and  time  of the message in the format specified by $date_format con‐
                     verted to the local time zone
              %e     current message number in thread
              %E     number of messages in current thread
              %f     sender (address + real name), either From: or Return-Path:
              %F     author name, or recipient name if the message is from you
              %g     newsgroup name (if compiled with NNTP support)
              %H     spam attribute(s) of this message
              %i     message-id of the current message
              %l     number of lines in the message (does not work with maildir, mh, and possibly
                     IMAP folders)
              %L     If  an address in the “To:” or “Cc:” header field matches an address defined
                     by the users “subscribe” command, this displays ”To <list-name>”,  otherwise
                     the same as %F.
              %m     total number of message in the mailbox
              %M     number of hidden messages if the thread is collapsed.
              %N     message score
              %n     author's real name (or address if missing)
              %O     original  save  folder  where  mutt would formerly have stashed the message:
                     list name or recipient name if not sent to a list
              %P     progress indicator for the built-in pager (how much of  the  file  has  been
                     displayed)
              %R     “X-Comment-To:” field (if present and compiled with NNTP support)
              %s     subject of the message
              %S     status of the message (“N”/“D”/“d”/“!”/“r”/*)
              %t     “To:” field (recipients)
              %T     the appropriate character from the $to_chars string
              %u     user (login) name of the author
              %v     first name of the author, or the recipient if the message is from you
              %W     name of organization of author (“Organization:” field)
              %X     number  of  attachments  (please  see the “attachments” section for possible
                     speed effects)
              %y     “X-Label:” field, if present
              %Y     “X-Label:” field, if present, and (1) not at part of a thread tree,  (2)  at
                     the top of a thread, or (3) “X-Label:” is different from preceding message's
                     “X-Label:”.
              %Z     message status flags
              %{fmt} the date and time of the message is converted to  sender's  time  zone,  and
                     “fmt”  is  expanded by the library function strftime(3); a leading bang dis‐
                     ables locales
              %[fmt] the date and time of the message is converted to the local  time  zone,  and
                     “fmt”  is  expanded by the library function strftime(3); a leading bang dis‐
                     ables locales
              %(fmt) the local date and time when the message was received.  “fmt” is expanded by
                     the library function strftime(3); a leading bang disables locales
              %<fmt> the  current  local  time.  “fmt”  is expanded by the library function strf‐
                     time(3); a leading bang disables locales.
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with character “X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with character “X”
              %*X    soft-fill with character “X” as pad

              “Soft-fill” deserves some explanation: Normal right-justification will print every‐
              thing  to  the  left of the “%>”, displaying padding and whatever lies to the right
              only if there's room. By contrast, soft-fill gives priority to the right-hand side,
              guaranteeing space to display it and showing padding only if there's still room. If
              necessary, soft-fill will eat text leftwards to make room for rightward text.

              Note that these expandos are supported in “save-hook”,  “fcc-hook”  and  “fcc-save-
              hook”, too.



       inews
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              If  set,  specifies  the program and arguments used to deliver news posted by Mutt.
              Otherwise, mutt posts article using current connection to news server.  The follow‐
              ing printf-style sequence is understood:
              %a     account url
              %p     port
              %P     port if specified
              %s     news server name
              %S     url schema
              %u     username

              Example: set inews=”/usr/local/bin/inews -hS”



       ispell
              Type: path
              Default: “ispell”

              How to invoke ispell (GNU's spell-checking software).



       keep_flagged
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  read messages marked as flagged will not be moved from your spool mailbox
              to your $mbox mailbox, or as a result of a “mbox-hook” command.



       locale
              Type: string
              Default: “C”

              The locale used by strftime(3) to format dates. Legal values are the  strings  your
              system accepts for the locale environment variable $LC_TIME.



       mail_check
              Type: number
              Default: 5

              This variable configures how often (in seconds) mutt should look for new mail. Also
              see the $timeout variable.



       mail_check_recent
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will only notify you about new mail that has been received since the
              last time you opened the mailbox.  When unset, Mutt will notify you if any new mail
              exists in the mailbox, regardless of whether you have visited it recently.

              When $mark_old is set, Mutt does not consider the mailbox to contain  new  mail  if
              only old messages exist.



       mailcap_path
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This variable specifies which files to consult when attempting to display MIME bod‐
              ies not directly supported by Mutt.



       mailcap_sanitize
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, mutt  will  restrict  possible  characters  in  mailcap  %  expandos  to  a
              well-defined set of safe characters.  This is the safe setting, but we are not sure
              it doesn't break some more advanced MIME stuff.

              DON'T CHANGE THIS SETTING UNLESS YOU ARE REALLY SURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!



       maildir_header_cache_verify
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Check for Maildir unaware programs other than mutt having  modified  maildir  files
              when  the  header  cache is in use.  This incurs one stat(2) per message every time
              the folder is opened (which can be very slow for NFS folders).



       maildir_trash
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, messages marked as deleted will be saved  with  the  maildir  trashed  flag
              instead  of unlinked.  Note: this only applies to maildir-style mailboxes.  Setting
              it will have no effect on other mailbox types.



       mark_old
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether or not mutt marks new unread messages as old if you exit a mailbox
              without reading them.  With this option set, the next time you start mutt, the mes‐
              sages will show up with an “O” next to them in the index menu, indicating that they
              are old.



       markers
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls  the  display of wrapped lines in the internal pager. If set, a “+” marker
              is displayed at the beginning of wrapped lines.

              Also see the $smart_wrap variable.



       mask
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “!^\.[^.]”

              A regular expression used in the file browser, optionally preceded by the not oper‐
              ator  “!”.   Only  files  whose  names  match this mask will be shown. The match is
              always case-sensitive.



       mbox
              Type: path
              Default: “~/mbox”

              This specifies the folder into which read mail in your $spoolfile  folder  will  be
              appended.

              Also see the $move variable.



       mbox_type
              Type: folder magic
              Default: mbox

              The  default  mailbox  type  used  when creating new folders. May be any of “mbox”,
              “MMDF”, “MH” and “Maildir”. This is overridden by the -m command-line option.



       menu_context
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              This variable controls the number of lines of context that are given when scrolling
              through menus. (Similar to $pager_context.)



       menu_move_off
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  unset,  the bottom entry of menus will never scroll up past the bottom of the
              screen, unless there are less entries than lines.  When set, the bottom  entry  may
              move off the bottom.



       menu_scroll
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  menus  will  be  scrolled  up or down one line when you attempt to move
              across a screen boundary.  If unset, the screen is cleared and the next or previous
              page of the menu is displayed (useful for slow links to avoid many redraws).



       message_cache_clean
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set, mutt will clean out obsolete entries from the message cache when the mail‐
              box is synchronized. You probably only want to set it every once in a while,  since
              it can be a little slow (especially for large folders).



       message_cachedir
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              Set  this  to a directory and mutt will cache copies of messages from your IMAP and
              POP servers here. You are free to remove entries at any time.

              When setting this variable to a directory, mutt needs to fetch every remote message
              only once and can perform regular expression searches as fast as for local folders.

              Also see the $message_cache_clean variable.



       message_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%s”

              This  is the string displayed in the “attachment” menu for attachments of type mes‐
              sage/rfc822.  For a full listing of defined printf(3)-like sequences see  the  sec‐
              tion on $index_format.



       meta_key
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, forces Mutt to interpret keystrokes with the high bit (bit 8) set as if the
              user had pressed the Esc key and whatever key remains after  having  the  high  bit
              removed.   For example, if the key pressed has an ASCII value of 0xf8, then this is
              treated as if the user had pressed Esc then “x”.  This is  because  the  result  of
              removing the high bit from 0xf8 is 0x78, which is the ASCII character “x”.



       metoo
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  unset,  Mutt  will  remove your address (see the “alternates” command) from the
              list of recipients when replying to a message.



       mh_purge
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When unset, mutt will mimic mh's behavior and rename deleted messages to ,<old file
              name>  in  mh  folders  instead of really deleting them. This leaves the message on
              disk but makes programs reading the folder ignore it. If the variable is  set,  the
              message files will simply be deleted.

              This option is similar to $maildir_trash for Maildir folders.



       mh_seq_flagged
              Type: string
              Default: “flagged”

              The name of the MH sequence used for flagged messages.



       mh_seq_replied
              Type: string
              Default: “replied”

              The name of the MH sequence used to tag replied messages.



       mh_seq_unseen
              Type: string
              Default: “unseen”

              The name of the MH sequence used for unseen messages.



       mime_forward
              Type: quadoption
              Default: no

              When  set,  the  message  you  are  forwarding  will be attached as a separate mes‐
              sage/rfc822 MIME part instead of included in the main body of the message.  This is
              useful  for  forwarding MIME messages so the receiver can properly view the message
              as it was delivered to you. If you like to switch between MIME and  not  MIME  from
              mail to mail, set this variable to “ask-no” or “ask-yes”.

              Also see $forward_decode and $mime_forward_decode.



       mime_forward_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Controls  the  decoding  of complex MIME messages into text/plain when forwarding a
              message while $mime_forward is set. Otherwise $forward_decode is used instead.



       mime_forward_rest
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              When forwarding multiple attachments of a MIME message from  the  attachment  menu,
              attachments  which cannot be decoded in a reasonable manner will be attached to the
              newly composed message if this option is set.



       mime_subject
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If unset, 8-bit “subject:” line in article header will not be encoded according  to
              RFC2047 to base64.  This is useful when message is Usenet article, because MIME for
              news is nonstandard feature.



       mix_entry_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4n %c %-16s %a”

              This variable describes the format of a remailer line on the mixmaster chain selec‐
              tion screen.  The following printf(3)-like sequences are supported:
              %n     The running number on the menu.
              %c     Remailer capabilities.
              %s     The remailer's short name.
              %a     The remailer's e-mail address.


       mixmaster
              Type: path
              Default: “mixmaster”

              This variable contains the path to the Mixmaster binary on your system.  It is used
              with various sets of parameters to gather the  list  of  known  remailers,  and  to
              finally send a message through the mixmaster chain.

              Note:  On  Debian  systems,  this option is set by default to “mixmaster-filter” in
              /etc/Muttrc.



       move
              Type: quadoption
              Default: no

              Controls whether or not Mutt will move read messages from  your  spool  mailbox  to
              your $mbox mailbox, or as a result of a “mbox-hook” command.



       narrow_tree
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable, when set, makes the thread tree narrower, allowing deeper threads to
              fit on the screen.



       net_inc
              Type: number
              Default: 10

              Operations that expect to transfer a large amount of data  over  the  network  will
              update  their progress every $net_inc kilobytes.  If set to 0, no progress messages
              will be displayed.

              See also $read_inc, $write_inc and $net_inc.



       news_cache_dir
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.mutt”

              This variable pointing to directory where Mutt will save cached news  articles  and
              headers  in.  If  unset,  articles and headers will not be saved at all and will be
              reloaded from the server each time.



       news_server
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This variable specifies domain name or address of NNTP server. It defaults  to  the
              news  server  specified in the environment variable $NNTPSERVER or contained in the
              file /etc/nntpserver.  You can also specify username and an  alternative  port  for
              each news server, ie:

              [[s]news://][username[:password]@]server[:port]



       newsgroups_charset
              Type: string
              Default: “utf-8”

              Character set of newsgroups descriptions.



       newsrc
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.newsrc”

              The  file,  containing info about subscribed newsgroups - names and indexes of read
              articles.  The following printf-style sequence is understood:
              %a     account url
              %p     port
              %P     port if specified
              %s     news server name
              %S     url schema
              %u     username


       nntp_authenticators
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This is a colon-delimited list of authentication methods mutt may attempt to use to
              log in to a news server, in the order mutt should try them.  Authentication methods
              are either “user” or any SASL mechanism, e.g. “digest-md5”, “gssapi” or “cram-md5”.
              This  option  is  case-insensitive.   If it's unset (the default) mutt will try all
              available methods, in order from most-secure to least-secure.

              Example:


              set nntp_authenticators=”digest-md5:user”


              Note: Mutt will only fall back to other  authentication  methods  if  the  previous
              methods  are  unavailable.  If a method is available but authentication fails, mutt
              will not connect to the IMAP server.



       nntp_context
              Type: number
              Default: 1000

              This variable defines number of articles which will  be  in  index  when  newsgroup
              entered.   If active newsgroup have more articles than this number, oldest articles
              will be ignored.  Also controls how many articles headers will be  saved  in  cache
              when you quit newsgroup.



       nntp_load_description
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This  variable  controls  whether  or  not  descriptions for each newsgroup must be
              loaded when newsgroup is added to list (first time list loading  or  new  newsgroup
              adding).



       nntp_user
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Your  login name on the NNTP server.  If unset and NNTP server requires authentifi‐
              cation, Mutt will prompt you for your account name when you connect to news server.



       nntp_pass
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Your password for NNTP account.



       nntp_poll
              Type: number
              Default: 60

              The time in seconds until any operations on newsgroup except post new article  will
              cause recheck for new news.  If set to 0, Mutt will recheck newsgroup on each oper‐
              ation in index (stepping, read article, etc.).



       pager
              Type: path
              Default: “builtin”

              This variable specifies which pager you would like to use  to  view  messages.  The
              value  “builtin”  means  to  use the built-in pager, otherwise this variable should
              specify the pathname of the external pager you would like to use.

              Using an external pager may have some disadvantages: Additional keystrokes are nec‐
              essary  because  you  can't call mutt functions directly from the pager, and screen
              resizes cause lines longer than the screen width to be badly formatted in the  help
              menu.



       pager_context
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              This  variable controls the number of lines of context that are given when display‐
              ing the next or previous page in the internal pager.  By default, Mutt will display
              the  line  after the last one on the screen at the top of the next page (0 lines of
              context).

              This variable also specifies the amount of context given  for  search  results.  If
              positive,  this  many  lines  will be given before a match, if 0, the match will be
              top-aligned.



       pager_format
              Type: string
              Default: “-%Z- %C/%m: %-20.20n   %s%*  -- (%P)”

              This variable controls the format of the one-line message “status” displayed before
              each  message in either the internal or an external pager.  The valid sequences are
              listed in the $index_format section.



       pager_index_lines
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              Determines the number of lines of a mini-index which is shown when  in  the  pager.
              The  current  message, unless near the top or bottom of the folder, will be roughly
              one third of the way down this mini-index, giving the reader the context of  a  few
              messages  before  and after the message.  This is useful, for example, to determine
              how many messages remain to be read in the current thread.  One  of  the  lines  is
              reserved  for  the  status  bar  from the index, so a setting of 6 will only show 5
              lines of the actual index.  A value of 0 results in no index being shown.   If  the
              number  of messages in the current folder is less than $pager_index_lines, then the
              index will only use as many lines as it needs.



       pager_stop
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, the internal-pager will not move to the next message when you are at  the
              end of a message and invoke the <next-page> function.



       pgp_auto_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  mutt will automatically attempt to decrypt traditional PGP messages when‐
              ever the user performs an operation which ordinarily would result in  the  contents
              of  the  message being operated on.  For example, if the user displays a pgp-tradi‐
              tional message which has not been manually checked with the <check-traditional-pgp>
              function, mutt will automatically check the message for traditional pgp.



       pgp_autoinline
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This  option  controls  whether  Mutt  generates old-style inline (traditional) PGP
              encrypted or signed messages under certain circumstances.  This can  be  overridden
              by use of the pgp menu, when inline is not required.

              Note  that Mutt might automatically use PGP/MIME for messages which consist of more
              than a single MIME part.  Mutt can be configured to  ask  before  sending  PGP/MIME
              messages when inline (traditional) would not work.

              Also see the $pgp_mime_auto variable.

              Also note that using the old-style PGP message format is strongly deprecated.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_check_exit
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, mutt will check the exit  code  of  the  PGP  subprocess  when  signing  or
              encrypting.  A non-zero exit code means that the subprocess failed.  (PGP only)



       pgp_clearsign_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  format  is  used to create an old-style “clearsigned” PGP message.  Note that
              the use of this format is strongly deprecated.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_decode_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  format  strings  specifies  a command which is used to decode application/pgp
              attachments.

              The PGP command formats have their own set of printf(3)-like sequences:
              %p     Expands to PGPPASSFD=0 when a pass phrase is needed, to an empty string oth‐
                     erwise. Note: This may be used with a %? construct.
              %f     Expands to the name of a file containing a message.
              %s     Expands to the name of a file containing the signature part
                                of a multipart/signed attachment when verifying it.
              %a     The value of $pgp_sign_as.
              %r     One or more key IDs.

              For  examples  on  how  to  configure these formats for the various versions of PGP
              which are floating around, see the pgp and gpg sample configuration  files  in  the
              samples/  subdirectory  which has been installed on your system alongside the docu‐
              mentation.  (PGP only)



       pgp_decrypt_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to decrypt a PGP encrypted message.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_encrypt_only_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to encrypt a body part without signing it.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_encrypt_sign_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to both sign and encrypt a body part.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_entry_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4n %t%f %4l/0x%k %-4a %2c %u”

              This  variable  allows you to customize the PGP key selection menu to your personal
              taste.  This  string  is  similar  to  $index_format,  but  has  its  own  set   of
              printf(3)-like sequences:
              %n     number
              %k     key id
              %u     user id
              %a     algorithm
              %l     key length
              %f     flags
              %c     capabilities
              %t     trust/validity of the key-uid association
              %[<s>] date of the key where <s> is an strftime(3) expression

              (PGP only)



       pgp_export_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to export a public key from the user's key ring.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_getkeys_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is invoked whenever Mutt needs to fetch the public key associated with
              an  email  address.   Of  the sequences supported by $pgp_decode_command, %r is the
              only printf(3)-like sequence used with this format.  Note that  in  this  case,  %r
              expands  to  the email address, not the public key ID (the key ID is unknown, which
              is why Mutt is invoking this command).  (PGP only)



       pgp_good_sign
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “”

              If you assign a text to this variable, then a PGP signature is only considered ver‐
              ified  if  the output from $pgp_verify_command contains the text. Use this variable
              if the exit code from the command is 0 even for bad signatures.  (PGP only)



       pgp_ignore_subkeys
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Setting this variable will cause Mutt to ignore OpenPGP subkeys. Instead, the prin‐
              cipal  key  will inherit the subkeys' capabilities.  Unset this if you want to play
              interesting key selection games.  (PGP only)



       pgp_import_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to import a key from a message  into  the  user's  public  key
              ring.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_list_pubring_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to list the public key ring's  contents.   The  output  format
              must be analogous to the one used by


              gpg --list-keys --with-colons


              This format is also generated by the pgpring utility which comes with mutt.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_list_secring_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to list the secret key ring's  contents.   The  output  format
              must be analogous to the one used by:


              gpg --list-keys --with-colons


              This format is also generated by the pgpring utility which comes with mutt.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_long_ids
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, use 64 bit PGP key IDs, if unset use the normal 32 bit key IDs.  (PGP only)



       pgp_mime_auto
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              This option controls whether Mutt will  prompt  you  for  automatically  sending  a
              (signed/encrypted)  message using PGP/MIME when inline (traditional) fails (for any
              reason).

              Also note that using the old-style PGP message format is strongly deprecated.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_replyinline
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Setting this variable will cause Mutt to always attempt to create an inline (tradi‐
              tional) message when replying to a message which is  PGP  encrypted/signed  inline.
              This  can  be overridden by use of the pgp menu, when inline is not required.  This
              option does not automatically detect if the (replied-to) message is inline; instead
              it relies on Mutt internals for previously checked/flagged messages.

              Note  that Mutt might automatically use PGP/MIME for messages which consist of more
              than a single MIME part.  Mutt can be configured to  ask  before  sending  PGP/MIME
              messages when inline (traditional) would not work.

              Also see the $pgp_mime_auto variable.

              Also note that using the old-style PGP message format is strongly deprecated.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_retainable_sigs
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, signed and encrypted messages will consist of nested  multipart/signed  and
              multipart/encrypted body parts.

              This  is useful for applications like encrypted and signed mailing lists, where the
              outer layer (multipart/encrypted) can be easily removed,  while  the  inner  multi‐
              part/signed part is retained.  (PGP only)



       pgp_show_unusable
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set,  mutt  will  display  non-usable keys on the PGP key selection menu.  This
              includes keys which have been revoked, have expired, or have been marked  as  “dis‐
              abled” by the user.  (PGP only)



       pgp_sign_as
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              If you have more than one key pair, this option allows you to specify which of your
              private keys to use.  It is recommended that you use the keyid form to specify your
              key (e.g. 0x00112233).  (PGP only)



       pgp_sign_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  command  is  used to create the detached PGP signature for a multipart/signed
              PGP/MIME body part.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_sort_keys
              Type: sort order
              Default: address

              Specifies  how the entries in the pgp menu are sorted. The following are legal val‐
              ues:
              address
                     sort alphabetically by user id
              keyid  sort alphabetically by key id
              date   sort by key creation date
              trust  sort by the trust of the key

              If you prefer reverse order of the above values, prefix it with  “reverse-”.   (PGP
              only)



       pgp_strict_enc
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set,  Mutt  will automatically encode PGP/MIME signed messages as quoted-print‐
              able.  Please note that unsetting this variable may lead to problems with non-veri‐
              fyable  PGP  signatures,  so only change this if you know what you are doing.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 300

              The number of seconds after which a cached passphrase  will  expire  if  not  used.
              (PGP only)



       sidebar_delim
              Type: string
              Default: “|”

              This specifies the delimiter between the sidebar (if visible) and other screens.



       sidebar_visible
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This specifies whether or not to show sidebar (left-side list of folders).



       sidebar_sort
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This specifies whether or not to sort the sidebar alphabetically.



       sidebar_width
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              The width of the sidebar.



       sidebar_delim_chars
              Type: string
              Default: “/.”

              This  contains the list of characters which you would like to treat as folder sepa‐
              rators for displaying paths in the sidebar.  If you're not using IMAP folders,  you
              probably prefer setting this to ”/” alone.



       sidebar_newmail_only
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Show only new mail in the sidebar.



       pgp_use_gpg_agent
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, mutt will use a possibly-running gpg-agent(1) process.  (PGP only)



       pgp_verify_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to verify PGP signatures.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pgp_verify_key_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to verify key information from the key selection menu.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $pgp_decode_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (PGP only)



       pipe_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Used in connection with the <pipe-message> command.  When unset, Mutt will pipe the
              messages without any preprocessing. When set,  Mutt  will  weed  headers  and  will
              attempt to decode the messages first.



       pipe_sep
              Type: string
              Default: “\n”

              The  separator  to add between messages when piping a list of tagged messages to an
              external Unix command.



       pipe_split
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Used in connection with the <pipe-message>  function  following  <tag-prefix>.   If
              this variable is unset, when piping a list of tagged messages Mutt will concatenate
              the messages and will pipe them all concatenated.  When set,  Mutt  will  pipe  the
              messages  one  by  one.  In both cases the messages are piped in the current sorted
              order, and the $pipe_sep separator is added after each message.



       pop_auth_try_all
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, Mutt will try all available authentication methods.  When unset, Mutt  will
              only fall back to other authentication methods if the previous methods are unavail‐
              able. If a method is available but authentication fails, Mutt will not  connect  to
              the POP server.



       pop_authenticators
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This is a colon-delimited list of authentication methods mutt may attempt to use to
              log in to an POP server, in the order mutt should try them.  Authentication methods
              are  either  “user”,  “apop”  or any SASL mechanism, e.g. “digest-md5”, “gssapi” or
              “cram-md5”.  This option is case-insensitive. If this option is unset (the default)
              mutt will try all available methods, in order from most-secure to least-secure.

              Example:


              set pop_authenticators=”digest-md5:apop:user”




       pop_checkinterval
              Type: number
              Default: 60

              This  variable  configures  how often (in seconds) mutt should look for new mail in
              the currently selected mailbox if it is a POP mailbox.



       pop_delete
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-no

              If set, Mutt will delete successfully downloaded messages from the POP server  when
              using  the <fetch-mail> function.  When unset, Mutt will download messages but also
              leave them on the POP server.



       pop_host
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              The name of your POP server for the <fetch-mail> function.  You can also specify an
              alternative port, username and password, i.e.:


              [pop[s]://][username[:password]@]popserver[:port]


              where “[...]” denotes an optional part.



       pop_last
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If this variable is set, mutt will try to use the “LAST” POP command for retrieving
              only unread messages from the POP server when using the <fetch-mail> function.



       pop_pass
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Specifies the password for your POP account.  If unset, Mutt will  prompt  you  for
              your password when you open a POP mailbox.

              Warning:  you  should only use this option when you are on a fairly secure machine,
              because the superuser can read your muttrc even if you are the  only  one  who  can
              read the file.



       pop_reconnect
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not Mutt will try to reconnect to the POP server if the connec‐
              tion is lost.



       pop_user
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Your login name on the POP server.

              This variable defaults to your user name on the local machine.



       post_indent_string
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Similar to the $attribution variable, Mutt will append this string after the inclu‐
              sion of a message which is being replied to.



       post_moderated
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              If  set  to  yes,  Mutt will post article to newsgroup that have not permissions to
              posting (e.g. moderated).  Note: if news server does not support  posting  to  that
              newsgroup or totally read-only, that posting will not have an effect.



       postpone
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not messages are saved in the $postponed mailbox when you elect
              not to send immediately.

              Also see the $recall variable.



       postponed
              Type: path
              Default: “~/postponed”

              Mutt allows you to indefinitely “postpone sending a message” which you are editing.
              When  you  choose  to postpone a message, Mutt saves it in the mailbox specified by
              this variable.

              Also see the $postpone variable.



       preconnect
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              If set, a shell command to be executed if mutt fails to establish a  connection  to
              the  server. This is useful for setting up secure connections, e.g. with ssh(1). If
              the command returns a  nonzero status, mutt gives up opening the server. Example:


              set preconnect=”ssh -f -q -L 1234:mailhost.net:143 mailhost.net \
              sleep 20 < /dev/null > /dev/null”


              Mailbox “foo” on “mailhost.net” can now be reached as “{localhost:1234}foo”.

              Note: For this example to work, you must be able to log in to  the  remote  machine
              without having to enter a password.



       print
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-no

              Controls  whether  or  not Mutt really prints messages.  This is set to “ask-no” by
              default, because some people accidentally hit “p” often.



       print_command
              Type: path
              Default: “lpr”

              This specifies the command pipe that should be used to print messages.



       print_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Used in connection with the <print-message> command.  If this option  is  set,  the
              message  is  decoded  before  it  is  passed  to  the external command specified by
              $print_command.  If this option is unset, no processing will be applied to the mes‐
              sage  when  printing  it.   The  latter setting may be useful if you are using some
              advanced printer filter which is able to properly format e-mail messages for print‐
              ing.



       print_split
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Used  in  connection  with the <print-message> command.  If this option is set, the
              command specified by $print_command is executed once for each message which  is  to
              be  printed.   If  this option is unset, the command specified by $print_command is
              executed only once, and all the messages are concatenated, with a form feed as  the
              message separator.

              Those who use the enscript(1) program's mail-printing mode will most likely want to
              set this option.



       prompt_after
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If you use an external $pager, setting this variable will cause Mutt to prompt  you
              for  a  command  when  the pager exits rather than returning to the index menu.  If
              unset, Mutt will return to the index menu when the external pager exits.



       query_command
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This specifies the command Mutt will use to make  external  address  queries.   The
              string may contain a “%s”, which will be substituted with the query string the user
              types.  Mutt will add quotes around the string substituted for  “%s”  automatically
              according  to shell quoting rules, so you should avoid adding your own.  If no “%s”
              is found in the string, Mutt will append the user's query to the end of the string.
              See “query” for more information.



       query_format
              Type: string
              Default: “%4c %t %-25.25a %-25.25n %?e?(%e)?”

              This   variable   describes   the   format  of  the  “query”  menu.  The  following
              printf(3)-style sequences are understood:
              %a     destination address
              %c     current entry number
              %e     extra information *
              %n     destination name
              %t     “*” if current entry is tagged, a space otherwise
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with “X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with “X”
              %*X    soft-fill with character “X” as pad

              For an explanation of “soft-fill”, see the $index_format documentation.

              * = can be optionally printed if nonzero, see the $status_format documentation.



       quit
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether “quit” and “exit” actually quit from mutt.  If  this
              option  is set, they do quit, if it is unset, they have no effect, and if it is set
              to ask-yes or ask-no, you are prompted for confirmation when you try to quit.



       quote_regexp
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “^([ \t]*[|>:}#])+”

              A regular expression used in the internal pager to  determine  quoted  sections  of
              text  in  the  body  of  a message. Quoted text may be filtered out using the <tog‐
              gle-quoted> command, or colored according to the “color quoted”  family  of  direc‐
              tives.

              Higher  levels  of  quoting  may  be  colored  differently (“color quoted1”, “color
              quoted2”, etc.). The quoting level is determined by  removing  the  last  character
              from  the  matched  text and recursively reapplying the regular expression until it
              fails to produce a match.

              Match detection may be overridden by the $smileys regular expression.



       read_inc
              Type: number
              Default: 10

              If set to a value greater than 0, Mutt will display which message it  is  currently
              on  when  reading  a  mailbox  or when performing search actions such as search and
              limit. The message is printed after this many messages have been read  or  searched
              (e.g.,  if  set to 25, Mutt will print a message when it is at message 25, and then
              again when it gets to message 50).  This variable is  meant  to  indicate  progress
              when reading or searching large mailboxes which may take some time.  When set to 0,
              only a single message will appear before the reading the mailbox.

              Also see the $write_inc, $net_inc and $time_inc variables and the “tuning”  section
              of the manual for performance considerations.



       read_only
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, all folders are opened in read-only mode.



       realname
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  variable specifies what “real” or “personal” name should be used when sending
              messages.

              By default, this is the GECOS field from /etc/passwd.  Note that this variable will
              not be used when the user has set a real name in the $from variable.



       recall
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls  whether  or not Mutt recalls postponed messages when composing a new mes‐
              sage.

              Setting this variable to is not generally useful, and thus not recommended.

              Also see $postponed variable.



       record
              Type: path
              Default: “~/sent”

              This specifies the file into which  your  outgoing  messages  should  be  appended.
              (This  is  meant  as  the  primary  method  for saving a copy of your messages, but
              another way to do this is using the “my_hdr” command to create a “Bcc:” field  with
              your email address in it.)

              The value of $record is overridden by the $force_name and $save_name variables, and
              the “fcc-hook” command.



       reflow_text
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will reformat paragraphs in text/plain parts  marked  format=flowed.
              If  unset,  Mutt will display paragraphs unaltered from how they appear in the mes‐
              sage body.  See RFC3676 for details on the format=flowed format.

              Also see $reflow_wrap, and $wrap.



       reflow_wrap
              Type: number
              Default: 78

              This variable controls the maximum paragraph  width  when  reformatting  text/plain
              parts when $reflow_text is set.  When the value is 0, paragraphs will be wrapped at
              the terminal's right margin.  A positive value sets the paragraph width relative to
              the  left  margin.   A negative value set the paragraph width relative to the right
              margin.

              Also see $wrap.



       reply_regexp
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “^(re([\[0-9\]+])*|aw):[ \t]*”

              A regular expression used to recognize reply messages when threading and  replying.
              The default value corresponds to the English ”Re:” and the German ”Aw:”.



       reply_self
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  unset  and you are replying to a message sent by you, Mutt will assume that you
              want to reply to the recipients of that message rather than to yourself.

              Also see the “alternates” command.



       reply_to
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              If set, when replying to a message,  Mutt  will  use  the  address  listed  in  the
              Reply-to:  header as the recipient of the reply.  If unset, it will use the address
              in the From: header field instead.  This option is useful  for  reading  a  mailing
              list  that sets the Reply-To: header field to the list address and you want to send
              a private message to the author of a message.



       resolve
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set,  the  cursor  will  be  automatically  advanced  to  the  next  (possibly
              undeleted)  message  whenever  a  command that modifies the current message is exe‐
              cuted.



       reverse_alias
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable controls whether or not Mutt will display the  “personal”  name  from
              your  aliases  in  the  index  menu if it finds an alias that matches the message's
              sender.  For example, if you have the following alias:


              alias juser abd30425 AT somewhere.net (Joe User)


              and then you receive mail which contains the following header:


              From: abd30425 AT somewhere.net


              It would be displayed in the index menu as “Joe User”  instead  of  “abd30425@some‐
              where.net.”  This is useful when the person's e-mail address is not human friendly.



       reverse_name
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              It  may  sometimes arrive that you receive mail to a certain machine, move the mes‐
              sages to another machine, and reply to some the messages from there.  If this vari‐
              able  is  set,  the  default  From:  line  of the reply messages is built using the
              address where you received the messages you are replying to if that address matches
              your  “alternates”.   If  the  variable is unset, or the address that would be used
              doesn't match your “alternates”, the From: line will use your address on  the  cur‐
              rent machine.

              Also see the “alternates” command.



       reverse_realname
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This  variable  fine-tunes  the  behavior of the $reverse_name feature.  When it is
              set, mutt will use the address from incoming  messages  as-is,  possibly  including
              eventual real names.  When it is unset, mutt will override any such real names with
              the setting of the $realname variable.



       rfc2047_parameters
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When this variable is set, Mutt will decode RFC2047-encoded  MIME  parameters.  You
              want to set this variable when mutt suggests you to save attachments to files named
              like:


              =?iso-8859-1?Q?file=5F=E4=5F991116=2Ezip?=


              When this variable is set interactively, the  change  won't  be  active  until  you
              change folders.

              Note  that this use of RFC2047's encoding is explicitly prohibited by the standard,
              but nevertheless encountered in the wild.

              Also note that setting this parameter will not have the effect that mutt  generates
              this  kind of encoding.  Instead, mutt will unconditionally use the encoding speci‐
              fied in RFC2231.



       save_address
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, mutt will take the sender's full address when choosing a default folder for
              saving  a  mail.  If $save_name or $force_name is set too, the selection of the Fcc
              folder will be changed as well.



       save_empty
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When unset, mailboxes which contain no saved messages will be removed  when  closed
              (the  exception is $spoolfile which is never removed).  If set, mailboxes are never
              removed.

              Note: This only applies to mbox and MMDF folders,  Mutt  does  not  delete  MH  and
              Maildir directories.



       save_history
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              This  variable  controls  the size of the history (per category) saved in the $his‐
              tory_file file.



       save_name
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable controls how copies of outgoing messages  are  saved.   When  set,  a
              check  is  made to see if a mailbox specified by the recipient address exists (this
              is done by searching for a mailbox in the $folder directory with the username  part
              of  the  recipient  address).   If the mailbox exists, the outgoing message will be
              saved to that mailbox, otherwise the message is saved to the $record mailbox.

              Also see the $force_name variable.



       score
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When this variable is unset, scoring is turned off.  This can be useful  to  selec‐
              tively  disable  scoring for certain folders when the $score_threshold_delete vari‐
              able and related are used.



       score_threshold_delete
              Type: number
              Default: -1

              Messages which have been assigned a score equal to or lower than the value of  this
              variable  are  automatically  marked  for  deletion by mutt.  Since mutt scores are
              always greater than or equal to zero, the default setting  of  this  variable  will
              never mark a message for deletion.



       score_threshold_flag
              Type: number
              Default: 9999

              Messages  which have been assigned a score greater than or equal to this variable's
              value are automatically marked ”flagged”.



       score_threshold_read
              Type: number
              Default: -1

              Messages which have been assigned a score equal to or lower than the value of  this
              variable  are  automatically  marked as read by mutt.  Since mutt scores are always
              greater than or equal to zero, the default setting of this variable will never mark
              a message read.



       search_context
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              For  the  pager,  this  variable  specifies the number of lines shown before search
              results. By default, search results will be top-aligned.



       send_charset
              Type: string
              Default: “us-ascii:iso-8859-1:utf-8”

              A colon-delimited list of character sets for outgoing messages. Mutt will  use  the
              first character set into which the text can be converted exactly.  If your $charset
              is not “iso-8859-1” and recipients may not understand “UTF-8”, it is  advisable  to
              include  in  the  list  an  appropriate widely used standard character set (such as
              “iso-8859-2”, “koi8-r” or “iso-2022-jp”) either instead of or after “iso-8859-1”.

              In case the text cannot be converted into one of these exactly, mutt uses  $charset
              as a fallback.



       sendmail
              Type: path
              Default: “/usr/sbin/sendmail -oem -oi”

              Specifies  the  program  and  arguments  used  to  deliver mail sent by Mutt.  Mutt
              expects that the specified program interprets  additional  arguments  as  recipient
              addresses.



       sendmail_wait
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              Specifies  the number of seconds to wait for the $sendmail process to finish before
              giving up and putting delivery in the background.

              Mutt interprets the value of this variable as follows:
              >0     number of seconds to wait for sendmail to finish before continuing
              0      wait forever for sendmail to finish
              <0     always put sendmail in the background without waiting

              Note that if you specify a value other than 0, the output of the child process will
              be  put  in  a  temporary file.  If there is some error, you will be informed as to
              where to find the output.



       shell
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              Command to use when spawning a subshell.  By default, the user's login  shell  from
              /etc/passwd is used.



       save_unsubscribed
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  info about unsubscribed newsgroups will be saved into “newsrc” file and
              into cache.



       show_new_news
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, news server will be asked for new newsgroups on entering the browser.  Oth‐
              erwise,  it will be done only once for a news server.  Also controls whether or not
              number of new articles of subscribed newsgroups will be then checked.



       show_only_unread
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, only subscribed newsgroups that contain unread articles will  be  displayed
              in browser.



       sig_dashes
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set,  a line containing “-- ” (note the trailing space) will be inserted before
              your $signature.  It is strongly recommended  that  you  not  unset  this  variable
              unless your signature contains just your name.  The reason for this is because many
              software packages use “-- \n” to detect your signature.  For example, Mutt has  the
              ability to highlight the signature in a different color in the built-in pager.



       sig_on_top
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set, the signature will be included before any quoted or forwarded text.  It is
              strongly recommended that you do not set this variable unless you really know  what
              you are doing, and are prepared to take some heat from netiquette guardians.



       signature
              Type: path
              Default: “~/.signature”

              Specifies  the  filename  of your signature, which is appended to all outgoing mes‐
              sages.   If the filename ends with a pipe (“|”), it is assumed that filename  is  a
              shell command and input should be read from its standard output.



       simple_search
              Type: string
              Default: “~f %s | ~s %s”

              Specifies  how  Mutt  should  expand a simple search into a real search pattern.  A
              simple search is one that does not contain any of the “~” pattern  operators.   See
              “patterns” for more information on search patterns.

              For  example, if you simply type “joe” at a search or limit prompt, Mutt will auto‐
              matically expand it to the value specified by this variable by replacing “%s”  with
              the  supplied string.  For the default value, “joe” would be expanded to: “~f joe |
              ~s joe”.



       sleep_time
              Type: number
              Default: 1

              Specifies time, in seconds, to pause while displaying  certain  informational  mes‐
              sages,  while  moving  from  folder to folder and after expunging messages from the
              current folder.  The default is to pause one second, so a value of  zero  for  this
              option suppresses the pause.



       smart_wrap
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls  the  display of lines longer than the screen width in the internal pager.
              If set, long lines are wrapped at a word boundary.   If  unset,  lines  are  simply
              wrapped at the screen edge. Also see the $markers variable.



       smileys
              Type: regular expression
              Default: “(>From )|(:[-^]?[][)(><}{|/DP])”

              The pager uses this variable to catch some common false positives of $quote_regexp,
              most notably smileys and not consider a line quoted text if it also  matches  $smi‐
              leys. This mostly happens at the beginning of a line.



       pgp_mime_signature_filename
              Type: string
              Default: “signature.asc”

              This option sets the filename used for signature parts in PGP/MIME signed messages.



       pgp_mime_signature_description
              Type: string
              Default: “Digital signature”

              This  option  sets  the  Content-Description  used  for signature parts in PGP/MIME
              signed messages.



       smime_ask_cert_label
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This flag controls whether you want to be asked to enter a label for a  certificate
              about to be added to the database or not. It is set by default.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_ca_location
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This  variable  contains  the  name of either a directory, or a file which contains
              trusted certificates for use with OpenSSL.  (S/MIME only)

              Note: On Debian systems, this defaults to the first existing file in the  following
              list:  ~/.smime/ca-certificates.crt  ~/.smime/ca-bundle.crt  /etc/ssl/certs/ca-cer‐
              tificates.crt.



       smime_certificates
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              Since for S/MIME there is no pubring/secring as with PGP, mutt has to handle  stor‐
              age  and  retrieval  of  keys by itself. This is very basic right now, and keys and
              certificates are stored in two different directories, both named as the  hash-value
              retrieved from OpenSSL. There is an index file which contains mailbox-address keyid
              pairs, and which can be manually edited. This option points to the location of  the
              certificates.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_decrypt_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  format  string  specifies  a  command  which  is  used  to  decrypt  applica‐
              tion/x-pkcs7-mime attachments.

              The OpenSSL command formats have their own set of printf(3)-like sequences  similar
              to PGP's:
              %f     Expands to the name of a file containing a message.
              %s     Expands to the name of a file containing the signature part
                                of a multipart/signed attachment when verifying it.
              %k     The key-pair specified with $smime_default_key
              %c     One or more certificate IDs.
              %a     The algorithm used for encryption.
              %C     CA location:  Depending on whether $smime_ca_location
                                points to a directory or file, this expands to
                                “-CApath $smime_ca_location” or “-CAfile $smime_ca_location”.

              For  examples  on  how to configure these formats, see the smime.rc in the samples/
              subdirectory which has been installed on your system alongside  the  documentation.
              (S/MIME only)



       smime_decrypt_use_default_key
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set (default) this tells mutt to use the default key for decryption. Otherwise,
              if managing  multiple  certificate-key-pairs,  mutt  will  try  to  use  the  mail‐
              box-address  to  determine  the  key to use. It will ask you to supply a key, if it
              can't find one.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_default_key
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This is the default key-pair to use for signing. This must be set to the keyid (the
              hash-value that OpenSSL generates) to work properly (S/MIME only)



       smime_encrypt_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to create encrypted S/MIME messages.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command command for possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_encrypt_with
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This sets the algorithm that should be used  for  encryption.   Valid  choices  are
              “des”,  “des3”,  “rc2-40”,  “rc2-64”,  “rc2-128”.   If unset, “3des” (TripleDES) is
              used.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_get_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to extract X509 certificates from a PKCS7 structure.

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_get_cert_email_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to extract the mail address(es) used for storing X509 certifi‐
              cates, and for verification purposes (to check whether the certificate  was  issued
              for the sender's mailbox).

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command command for possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_get_signer_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to extract only the signers X509  certificate  from  a  S/MIME
              signature,  so that the certificate's owner may get compared to the email's “From:”
              field.

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_import_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to import a certificate via smime_keys.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command command for possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_is_default
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              The default behavior of mutt is to use PGP on all auto-sign/encryption  operations.
              To  override  and  to  use  OpenSSL instead this must be set.  However, this has no
              effect while replying, since mutt will automatically select  the  same  application
              that  was  used to sign/encrypt the original message.  (Note that this variable can
              be overridden by unsetting $crypt_autosmime.)  (S/MIME only)



       smime_keys
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              Since for S/MIME there is no pubring/secring as with PGP, mutt has to handle  stor‐
              age and retrieval of keys/certs by itself. This is very basic right now, and stores
              keys and certificates in two different directories, both named  as  the  hash-value
              retrieved from OpenSSL. There is an index file which contains mailbox-address keyid
              pair, and which can be manually edited. This option points to the location  of  the
              private keys.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_pk7out_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  command is used to extract PKCS7 structures of S/MIME signatures, in order to
              extract the public X509 certificate(s).

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_sign_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  command  is used to created S/MIME signatures of type multipart/signed, which
              can be read by all mail clients.

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_sign_opaque_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This  command is used to created S/MIME signatures of type application/x-pkcs7-sig‐
              nature, which can only be handled by mail clients supporting the S/MIME extension.

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 300

              The  number  of  seconds  after  which a cached passphrase will expire if not used.
              (S/MIME only)



       smime_verify_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to verify S/MIME signatures of type multipart/signed.

              This is a format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command  command  for  possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_verify_opaque_command
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This command is used to verify S/MIME signatures of type application/x-pkcs7-mime.

              This  is  a  format  string,  see  the  $smime_decrypt_command command for possible
              printf(3)-like sequences.  (S/MIME only)



       smtp_authenticators
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              This is a colon-delimited list of authentication methods mutt may attempt to use to
              log  in to an SMTP server, in the order mutt should try them.  Authentication meth‐
              ods are any SASL mechanism,  e.g.   “digest-md5”,  “gssapi”  or  “cram-md5”.   This
              option is case-insensitive. If it is “unset” (the default) mutt will try all avail‐
              able methods, in order from most-secure to least-secure.

              Example:


              set smtp_authenticators=”digest-md5:cram-md5”


              Note: On Debian systems, this variable defaults to the example mentioned. This file
              is managed by the “ca-certificates” package.



       smtp_pass
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Specifies  the  password for your SMTP account.  If unset, Mutt will prompt you for
              your password when you first send mail via SMTP.  See $smtp_url to  configure  mutt
              to send mail via SMTP.

              Warning:  you  should only use this option when you are on a fairly secure machine,
              because the superuser can read your muttrc even if you are the  only  one  who  can
              read the file.



       smtp_url
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Defines  the  SMTP  smarthost where sent messages should relayed for delivery. This
              should take the form of an SMTP URL, e.g.:


              smtp[s]://[user[:pass]@]host[:port]


              where “[...]” denotes an optional part.  Setting this variable overrides the  value
              of the $sendmail variable.



       sort
              Type: sort order
              Default: date

              Specifies how to sort messages in the “index” menu.  Valid values are:
              ‐ date or date-sent
              ‐ date-received
              ‐ from
              ‐ mailbox-order (unsorted)
              ‐ score
              ‐ size
              ‐ spam
              ‐ subject
              ‐ threads
              ‐ to

              You  may  optionally  use  the  “reverse-”  prefix to specify reverse sorting order
              (example: “set sort=reverse-date-sent”).

              Note: On Debian systems, this option is set by default to “threads” in /etc/Muttrc.



       sort_alias
              Type: sort order
              Default: alias

              Specifies how the entries in the “alias” menu are sorted.  The following are  legal
              values:
              ‐ address (sort alphabetically by email address)
              ‐ alias (sort alphabetically by alias name)
              ‐ unsorted (leave in order specified in .muttrc)


       sort_aux
              Type: sort order
              Default: date

              When  sorting by threads, this variable controls how threads are sorted in relation
              to other threads, and how the branches of the thread trees are sorted.  This can be
              set to any value that $sort can, except “threads” (in that case, mutt will just use
              “date-sent”).  You  can  also  specify  the  “last-”  prefix  in  addition  to  the
              “reverse-”  prefix,  but  “last-”  must  come after “reverse-”.  The “last-” prefix
              causes messages to be sorted against its siblings by which has the last descendant,
              using the rest of $sort_aux as an ordering.  For instance,


              set sort_aux=last-date-received


              would  mean  that if a new message is received in a thread, that thread becomes the
              last one displayed (or the first, if you have “set sort=reverse-threads”.)

              Note: For reversed $sort order $sort_aux is reversed again (which is not the  right
              thing to do, but kept to not break any existing configuration setting).



       sort_browser
              Type: sort order
              Default: alpha

              Specifies  how  to  sort  entries in the file browser.  By default, the entries are
              sorted alphabetically.  Valid values:
              ‐ alpha (alphabetically)
              ‐ date
              ‐ size
              ‐ unsorted

              You may optionally use the “reverse-”  prefix  to  specify  reverse  sorting  order
              (example: “set sort_browser=reverse-date”).



       sort_re
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This  variable  is  only useful when sorting by threads with $strict_threads unset.
              In that case, it changes the heuristic mutt uses to  thread  messages  by  subject.
              With  $sort_re set, mutt will only attach a message as the child of another message
              by subject if the subject of the child message starts with a substring matching the
              setting  of  $reply_regexp.   With  $sort_re  unset,  mutt  will attach the message
              whether or not this is the case, as long as the  non-$reply_regexp  parts  of  both
              messages are identical.



       spam_separator
              Type: string
              Default: “,”

              This  variable  controls  what  happens  when multiple spam headers are matched: if
              unset, each successive header will overwrite any previous  matches  value  for  the
              spam  label.  If set, each successive match will append to the previous, using this
              variable's value as a separator.



       spoolfile
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              If your spool mailbox is in a non-default place where Mutt cannot find it, you  can
              specify  its location with this variable.  Mutt will initially set this variable to
              the value of the environment variable $MAIL or $MAILDIR if either is defined.



       ssl_ca_certificates_file
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This variable specifies a file containing trusted CA certificates.  Any server cer‐
              tificate  that  is  signed  with one of these CA certificates is also automatically
              accepted.

              Example:


              set ssl_ca_certificates_file=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt




       ssl_client_cert
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              The file containing a client certificate and its associated private key.



       ssl_force_tls
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If this variable is set, Mutt will require that all connections to  remote  servers
              be  encrypted. Furthermore it will attempt to negotiate TLS even if the server does
              not advertise the capability, since it would otherwise have to abort the connection
              anyway. This option supersedes $ssl_starttls.



       ssl_min_dh_prime_bits
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              This  variable specifies the minimum acceptable prime size (in bits) for use in any
              Diffie-Hellman key exchange. A value of 0 will use  the  default  from  the  GNUTLS
              library.



       ssl_starttls
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              If  set (the default), mutt will attempt to use STARTTLS on servers advertising the
              capability. When unset, mutt will not attempt to use  STARTTLS  regardless  of  the
              server's capabilities.



       ssl_use_sslv3
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This  variable  specifies whether to attempt to use SSLv3 in the SSL authentication
              process.



       ssl_use_tlsv1
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable specifies whether to attempt to use TLSv1.0 in the SSL authentication
              process.



       ssl_use_tlsv1_1
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable specifies whether to attempt to use TLSv1.1 in the SSL authentication
              process.



       ssl_use_tlsv1_2
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable specifies whether to attempt to use TLSv1.2 in the SSL authentication
              process.



       ssl_verify_dates
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set (the default), mutt will not automatically accept a server certificate that
              is either not yet valid or already expired. You should only unset this for particu‐
              lar known hosts, using the <account-hook> function.



       ssl_verify_host
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set (the default), mutt will not automatically accept a server certificate whose
              host name does not match the host used in your folder URL. You  should  only  unset
              this for particular known hosts, using the <account-hook> function.



       status_chars
              Type: string
              Default: “-*%A”

              Controls  the  characters  used  by the “%r” indicator in $status_format. The first
              character is used when the mailbox is unchanged. The second is used when the  mail‐
              box  has  been changed, and it needs to be resynchronized. The third is used if the
              mailbox is in read-only mode, or if the mailbox will not be  written  when  exiting
              that  mailbox  (You can toggle whether to write changes to a mailbox with the <tog‐
              gle-write> operation, bound by default to “%”). The fourth is used to indicate that
              the current folder has been opened in attach- message mode (Certain operations like
              composing a new mail, replying, forwarding, etc. are not permitted in this mode).



       status_format
              Type: string
              Default: “-%r-Mutt: %f [Msgs:%?M?%M/?%m%?n? New:%n?%?o? Old:%o?%?d? Del:%d?%?F? Flag:%F?%?t? Tag:%t?%?p? Post:%p?%?b? Inc:%b?%?l? %l?]---(%s/%S)-%>-(%P)---”

              Controls the format of the status line displayed in the “index” menu.  This  string
              is similar to $index_format, but has its own set of printf(3)-like sequences:
              %b     number of mailboxes with new mail *
              %d     number of deleted messages *
              %f     the full pathname of the current mailbox
              %F     number of flagged messages *
              %h     local hostname
              %l     size (in bytes) of the current mailbox *
              %L     size  (in bytes) of the messages shown (i.e., which match the current limit)
                     *
              %m     the number of messages in the mailbox *
              %M     the number of messages shown (i.e., which match the current limit) *
              %n     number of new messages in the mailbox *
              %o     number of old unread messages *
              %p     number of postponed messages *
              %P     percentage of the way through the index
              %r     modified/read-only/won't-write/attach-message indicator, according to  $sta‐
                     tus_chars
              %s     current sorting mode ($sort)
              %S     current aux sorting method ($sort_aux)
              %t     number of tagged messages *
              %u     number of unread messages *
              %v     Mutt version string
              %V     currently active limit pattern, if any *
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with “X”
              %|X    pad to the end of the line with “X”
              %*X    soft-fill with character “X” as pad

              For an explanation of “soft-fill”, see the $index_format documentation.

              * = can be optionally printed if nonzero

              Some of the above sequences can be used to optionally print a string if their value
              is nonzero.  For example, you may only want to see the number of  flagged  messages
              if  such  messages exist, since zero is not particularly meaningful.  To optionally
              print a string based upon one of the above sequences, the  following  construct  is
              used:

              %?<sequence_char>?<optional_string>?

              where sequence_char is a character from the table above, and optional_string is the
              string you would like printed if sequence_char  is  nonzero.   optional_string  may
              contain  other  sequences  as  well  as  normal text, but you may not nest optional
              strings.

              Here is an example illustrating how to optionally print the number of new  messages
              in a mailbox:

              %?n?%n new messages.?

              You can also switch between two strings using the following construct:

              %?<sequence_char>?<if_string>&<else_string>?

              If  the  value  of sequence_char is non-zero, if_string will be expanded, otherwise
              else_string will be expanded.

              You can force the result of any printf(3)-like sequence to be lowercase by  prefix‐
              ing the sequence character with an underscore (“_”) sign.  For example, if you want
              to display the local hostname in lowercase, you would use: “%_h”.

              If you prefix the sequence character  with  a  colon  (“:”)  character,  mutt  will
              replace  any  dots in the expansion by underscores. This might be helpful with IMAP
              folders that don't like dots in folder names.



       status_on_top
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Setting this variable causes the “status bar” to be displayed on the first line  of
              the screen rather than near the bottom. If $help is set, too it'll be placed at the
              bottom.



       strict_threads
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, threading will only make use of the “In-Reply-To” and “References:”  fields
              when  you $sort by message threads.  By default, messages with the same subject are
              grouped together in “pseudo threads.”. This may not always be desirable, such as in
              a  personal  mailbox  where you might have several unrelated messages with the sub‐
              jects like “hi” which will get grouped together. See also $sort_re for a less dras‐
              tic way of controlling this behavior.



       suspend
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  unset, mutt won't stop when the user presses the terminal's susp key, usually
              “^Z”. This is useful if you run mutt inside an xterm using a command like “xterm -e
              mutt”.



       text_flowed
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set,  mutt  will  generate  “format=flowed”  bodies  with  a  content type of
              “text/plain; format=flowed”.  This format is easier  to  handle  for  some  mailing
              software,  and  generally  just  looks like ordinary text.  To actually make use of
              this format's features, you'll need support in your editor.

              Note that $indent_string is ignored when this option is set.



       thorough_search
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Affects the ~b and ~h search operations described in section “patterns”.   If  set,
              the  headers  and  body/attachments  of  messages to be searched are decoded before
              searching. If unset, messages are searched as they appear in the folder.

              Users searching attachments or for  non-ASCII  characters  should  set  this  value
              because  decoding  also  includes  MIME parsing/decoding and possible character set
              conversions. Otherwise mutt will attempt to match against the raw message  received
              (for  example  quoted-printable  encoded or with encoded headers) which may lead to
              incorrect search results.



       thread_received
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, mutt uses the date received rather than the date sent to thread  messages
              by subject.



       tilde
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  set, the internal-pager will pad blank lines to the bottom of the screen with
              a tilde (“~”).



       time_inc
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              Along with $read_inc, $write_inc, and $net_inc, this  variable  controls  the  fre‐
              quency  with  which progress updates are displayed. It suppresses updates less than
              $time_inc milliseconds apart. This can improve throughput on systems with slow ter‐
              minals, or when running mutt on a remote system.

              Also see the “tuning” section of the manual for performance considerations.



       timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 600

              When  Mutt  is  waiting  for user input either idling in menus or in an interactive
              prompt, Mutt would block until input is present. Depending  on  the  context,  this
              would  prevent certain operations from working, like checking for new mail or keep‐
              ing an IMAP connection alive.

              This variable controls how many seconds Mutt will at  most  wait  until  it  aborts
              waiting for input, performs these operations and continues to wait for input.

              A value of zero or less will cause Mutt to never time out.



       tmpdir
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              This  variable  allows  you  to  specify  where Mutt will place its temporary files
              needed for displaying and composing messages.  If this variable  is  not  set,  the
              environment variable $TMPDIR is used.  If $TMPDIR is not set then “/tmp” is used.



       to_chars
              Type: string
              Default: “ +TCFL”

              Controls the character used to indicate mail addressed to you.  The first character
              is the one used when the mail is not addressed to your address.  The second is used
              when  you  are  the  only recipient of the message.  The third is when your address
              appears in the “To:” header field, but you are not the only recipient of  the  mes‐
              sage.   The  fourth  character  is used when your address is specified in the “Cc:”
              header field, but you are not the only recipient.  The fifth character is  used  to
              indicate mail that was sent by you.  The sixth character is used to indicate when a
              mail was sent to a mailing-list you subscribe to.



       trash
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              If set, this variable specifies the path of the trash folder where the mails marked
              for deletion will be moved, instead of being irremediably purged.

              NOTE:  When you delete a message in the trash folder, it is really deleted, so that
              you have a way to clean the trash.



       tunnel
              Type: string
              Default: “”

              Setting this variable will cause mutt to open a pipe to a command instead of a  raw
              socket.  You may be able to use this to set up preauthenticated connections to your
              IMAP/POP3/SMTP server. Example:


              set tunnel=”ssh -q mailhost.net /usr/local/libexec/imapd”


              Note: For this example to work you must be able to log in  to  the  remote  machine
              without having to enter a password.

              When  set,  Mutt  uses the tunnel for all remote connections.  Please see “account-
              hook” in the manual for how to use different tunnel commands per connection.



       uncollapse_jump
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, Mutt will jump to the next unread  message,  if  any,  when  the  current
              thread is uncollapsed.



       use_8bitmime
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Warning:  do not set this variable unless you are using a version of sendmail which
              supports the -B8BITMIME flag (such as sendmail 8.8.x) or you may  not  be  able  to
              send mail.

              When  set,  Mutt  will invoke $sendmail with the -B8BITMIME flag when sending 8-bit
              messages to enable ESMTP negotiation.



       use_domain
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will qualify all local addresses (ones without the “@host”  portion)
              with the value of $hostname.  If unset, no addresses will be qualified.



       use_envelope_from
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When   set,  mutt  will  set  the  envelope  sender  of  the  message.   If  $enve‐
              lope_from_address is set, it will be used as the sender  address.  If  unset,  mutt
              will attempt to derive the sender from the “From:” header.

              Note  that this information is passed to sendmail command using the -f command line
              switch. Therefore setting this option is  not  useful  if  the  $sendmail  variable
              already  contains  -f  or if the executable pointed to by $sendmail doesn't support
              the -f switch.



       use_from
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will generate the “From:” header field when  sending  messages.   If
              unset,  no  “From:”  header field will be generated unless the user explicitly sets
              one using the “my_hdr” command.



       use_idn
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will show you international domain names decoded.  Note: You can use
              IDNs for addresses even if this is unset.  This variable only affects decoding.



       use_ipv6
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set, Mutt will look for IPv6 addresses of hosts it tries to contact.  If this
              option is unset, Mutt will  restrict  itself  to  IPv4  addresses.   Normally,  the
              default should work.



       user_agent
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set,  mutt  will  add a “User-Agent:” header to outgoing messages, indicating
              which version of mutt was used for composing them.



       visual
              Type: path
              Default: “”

              Specifies the visual editor to invoke  when  the  “~v”  command  is  given  in  the
              built-in editor.



       wait_key
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls  whether  Mutt  will  ask you to press a key after an external command has
              been invoked by  these  functions:  <shell-escape>,  <pipe-message>,  <pipe-entry>,
              <print-message>, and <print-entry> commands.

              It is also used when viewing attachments with “auto_view”, provided that the corre‐
              sponding mailcap entry has a needsterminal flag, and the external program is inter‐
              active.

              When set, Mutt will always ask for a key. When unset, Mutt will wait for a key only
              if the external command returned a non-zero status.



       weed
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, mutt will weed headers when displaying, forwarding, printing, or replying
              to messages.



       wrap
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              When set to a positive value, mutt will wrap text at $wrap characters.  When set to
              a negative value, mutt will wrap text so that there are $wrap characters  of  empty
              space  on the right side of the terminal. Setting it to zero makes mutt wrap at the
              terminal width.

              Also see $reflow_wrap.



       wrap_headers
              Type: number
              Default: 78

              This option specifies the number of characters to use for wrapping an outgoing mes‐
              sage's headers. Allowed values are between 78 and 998 inclusive.

              Note: This option usually shouldn't be changed. RFC5233 recommends a line length of
              78 (the default), so please only change this setting  when  you  know  what  you're
              doing.



       wrap_search
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether searches wrap around the end.

              When set, searches will wrap around the first (or last) item. When unset, incremen‐
              tal searches will not wrap.



       wrapmargin
              Type: number
              Default: 0

              (DEPRECATED) Equivalent to setting $wrap with a negative value.



       write_bcc
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether mutt writes out the Bcc header when saving messages  to  FCC.  Bcc
              headers  will never be written to a message when sending it. Note: this behavior is
              Debian specific.



       write_inc
              Type: number
              Default: 10

              When writing a mailbox, a message will be  printed  every  $write_inc  messages  to
              indicate  progress.   If  set  to 0, only a single message will be displayed before
              writing a mailbox.

              Also see the $read_inc, $net_inc and $time_inc variables and the  “tuning”  section
              of the manual for performance considerations.



       xterm_icon
              Type: string
              Default: “M%?n?AIL&ail?”

              Controls the format of the icon title, as long as xterm_set_titles is enabled. This
              string is identical in formatting to the one used by “$status_format”.



       xterm_set_titles
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Controls whether mutt sets the xterm title bar and icon name (as long as you are in
              an appropriate terminal).



       xterm_title
              Type: string
              Default: “Mutt with %?m?%m messages&no messages?%?n? [%n NEW]?”

              Controls  the  format  of the title bar of the xterm provided that xterm_set_titles
              has been set. This string is identical in formatting to  the  one  used  by  “$sta‐
              tus_format”.



       x_comment_to
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  Mutt  will add “X-Comment-To:” field (that contains full name of original
              article author) to article that followuped to newsgroup.



SEE ALSO
       iconv(1), iconv(3), mailcap(5), maildir(5), mbox(5), mutt(1), printf(3),  regex(7),  strf‐
       time(3)

       The Mutt Manual

       The Mutt home page: http://www.mutt.org/

AUTHOR
       Michael Elkins, and others.  Use <mutt-dev AT mutt.org> to contact the developers.



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