Offline Mutt to replace Thunderbird on Ubuntu (1 of 4)

I’ve fallen out with Thunderbird recently and the geek in me has been interested in getting Mutt up and running for a while. But I needed certain functionality and it’s taken a little while to put all of the pieces together from various sources to get it working as I want it to.

The main things I needed to achieve were:

  1. I use my own domain with Google Accounts
  2. I wanted all messages to be maintained offline
  3. I wanted instant sending of messages
  4. I want a desktop notification every time an email is received

A lot of this is driven by the fact that I don’t have very responsive internet access, and I don’t like to wait while a message body is downloaded, or while a message is sent.┬áThese have all been achieved using careful configurations of offlineimap, msmtp and a bash script using inotifywait.

I’ll go into more detail and share configs over the course of the next few posts.

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