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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  com-
       mands 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  differ-
       ence 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, backquotes are evalu-
       ated 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  inter-
       preted character.

       "\\"  means  to insert a literal "\" into the line.  "\n" and "\r" have
       their usual C meanings 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
       backquotes (`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 (userATexample.com)
              or a named email address  (User  Name  <userATexample.com>).  The
              address  may  be  specified  in  either format, or in the format
              "userATexample.com (User Name)".  unalias removes the alias  cor-
              responding  to  the given key or all aliases when "*" is used as
              an argument. The optional -group argument 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 specified group or groups. The different cat-
              egories  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  implicitely  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 spec-
              ify  alternate  addresses.   This affects mutt's idea about mes-
              sages 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  automati-
              cally 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 sub-
              type 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 applica-
              tion/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.

       account-hook [!]regexp command
              This hook is executed whenever you access a remote mailbox. Use-
              ful  to  adjust  configuration settings to different IMAP or POP
              servers.

       charset-hook alias charset
              This command defines an alias for a character set.  This is use-
              ful to properly display messages which are tagged with a charac-
              ter 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 configu-
              ration 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 foreground/backgound  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 regu-
              lar  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 sub-
              scribe command adds a mailing list to the  lists  of  known  and
              subscribed  mailing  lists.   The unsubscribe command removes it
              from the list of subscribed mailing lists. The -group flag  adds
              all of the subsequent regular expressions to the named group.

       mbox-hook [!]pattern mailbox
              When  mutt changes to a mail folder which matches pattern, mail-
              box 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, press-
              ing space will cycle through folders with new mail.  The unmail-
              boxes 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  compose.   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 sav-
              ing 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 configuration file.

       send2-hook [!]pattern command
              Whenever a message matching pattern is changed (either by  edit-
              ing  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 applica-
              tions 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  exe-
              cuted.   When  multiple  reply-hooks match, they are executed in
              the order in which they occur in the configuration file, but all
              reply-hooks  are matched and executed before send-hooks, regard-
              less of their order in the configuration file.

       crypt-hook pattern key-id
              The crypt-hook command provides a method by which you can  spec-
              ify 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  specifies  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  com-
              mand  string  is the printf(3) like format string, and it should
              accept two parameters: %f, which  is  replaced  with  the  (com-
              pressed)  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|&&amp;|?]variable[=value] [ ... ]
       toggle variable [ ... ]
       unset variable [ ... ]
       reset variable [ ... ]

              These commands are used  to  set  and  manipulate  configuration
              varibles.

              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 automati-
              cally as if you had answered yes to the question.  Similarly,  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 display 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 abovementioned hook
       commands, you can specify patterns to match messages.

   Constructing Patterns
       A simple pattern consists of an operator of the form "~character", pos-
       sibly  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 sev-
       eral  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  pat-
       tern  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 form 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 commands)
       ~U          unread messages
       ~v          message is part of a collapsed thread.
       ~V          cryptographically verified messages
       ~x EXPR     messages which contain EXPR in the "References" 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 (requries 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 ~m, ~n, ~X, and ~z operators, you can also specify  ranges  in
       the forms <&lt;MAX, >&gt;MIN, MIN-, and -MAX.

   Matching dates
       The ~d and ~r operators are used to match date ranges, which are inter-
       preted 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 behaviour 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 precise 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 inter-
       val  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 <&lt;, >&gt;, =, followed by a positive
       number, followed by one of the unit  characters  y,  m,  w,  or  d.   >&gt;
       matches  dates  which  are  older than the specified amount of time, an
       offset which begins with the character <&lt; 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  subject given at the subject
              prompt will never be aborted.



       abort_unmodified
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              If set to yes, composition will automatically abort after  edit-
              ing  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 "cre-
              ate-alias" function.

              Note: Mutt will not automatically source  this  file;  you  must
              explicitly use the "source" command for it to be executed.

              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 messages) 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.



       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  charac-
              ters.



       askbcc
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, Mutt will prompt you for blind-carbon-copy (Bcc) recipi-
              ents 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.



       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 content 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.   If  unset,  $charset  value
              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: "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-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=inline, A=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 possi-
                     ble speed effects)
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with charac-
                     ter "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" docu-
              mentation.



       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 concate-
              nate  the  attachments  and  will  operate  on  them as a single
              attachment. The "$attach_sep"  separator  is  added  after  each
              attachment.  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()-like sequences see the section on "$index_format".



       autoedit
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set along with "$edit_headers", Mutt will skip the  initial
              send-menu 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.

              Also see "$fast_reply".



       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-prefix function (default: ";")
              to make the next function apply to all tagged messages.



       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 mes-
              sage. Setting this variable to no is not generally  useful,  and
              thus not recommended, because you are unable to bounce messages.



       bounce_delivered
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  this variable is set, mutt will include Delivered-To head-
              ers 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 current line in menus, even when the arrow_cur-
              sor variable is unset, making it easier for blind persons  using
              Braille  displays to follow these menus.  The option is disabled
              by default because many visual terminals don't permit making the
              cursor invisible.



       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.



       charset
              Type: string
              Default: ""

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



       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 mail-
              box is open.  Especially 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  check_new is unset, no check for new mail is performed while
              the mailbox is open.



       collapse_unread
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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



       uncollapse_jump
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

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



       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()-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.



       confirmappend
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When set, Mutt will prompt for confirmation when appending  mes-
              sages 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  or  POP)
              after  this  many  seconds  if  the connection is not able to be
              established.  A negative value causes Mutt to wait  indefinitely
              for the connection 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_use_gpgme
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This variable controls the use of the GPGME-enabled crypto back-
              ends.   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  clas-
              sic  code.  Note that you need to set this option in .muttrc; it
              won't have any effect when used interactively.



       crypt_use_pka
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              (http://www.g10code.de/docs/pka-intro.de.pdf)  during  signature
              verification (only supported by the GPGME backend).



       crypt_autopgp
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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



       crypt_autosmime
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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



       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  strf-
              time  call to process the date. See the man page for strftime(3)
              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-hooks, reply-hooks, send-
              hooks, send2-hooks, save-hooks, and  fcc-hooks  will  be  inter-
              preted  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  $dis-
              play_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 consists of a  comma  separated  list  (no
              spaces!)  of  one  or  more  of  the  following: never, to never
              request notification, failure, to request notification on trans-
              mission  failure,  delay, to be notified of message delays, suc-
              cess, 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, it depends on the server
              whether DSN is supported 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, it depends on the server
              whether DSN is supported or not.



       duplicate_threads
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This variable controls whether mutt, when  sorting  by  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 diagram.



       edit_headers
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

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

              Note that changes made to the References: and Date: headers  are
              ignored for interoperability 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.



       encode_from
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When set, mutt will quoted-printable encode messages  when  they
              contain  the  string "From " in the beginning of a line.  Useful
              to avoid the  tampering  certain  mail  delivery  and  transport
              agents tend to do with messages.



       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 builtin 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 messages.

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



       fcc_attach
              Type: boolean
              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  expan-
              sion takes place during the `set' 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_for-
              mat", but has its own set of printf()-like sequences:

              %C     current file number
              %d     date/time folder was last modified
              %f     filename
              %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 charac-
                     ter "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" docu-
              mentation.



       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 receiv-
              ing  duplicate  copies  of replies to messages which you send to
              mailing lists, and second, ensuring that you do get a reply sep-
              arately  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.



       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_edit
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This quadoption controls whether or not the  user  is  automati-
              cally  placed in the editor when forwarding messages.  For those
              who always want to forward with no modification, 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_for-
              mat" 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  send-hooks)  and
              "$reverse_name".   This  variable  is  ignored if "$use_from" is
              unset.

              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.  By default the regular
              expression is set to "^[^,]*" which will return the string up to
              the first "," encountered.  If the GECOS field contains a string
              like   "lastname,   firstname"   then   you   should   set   the
              gecos_mask=".*".

              This  can  be  useful  if  you  see  the following behavior: you
              address a e-mail to user ID stevef  whose  full  name  is  Steve
              Franklin.   If  mutt expands stevef to "Franklin" stevefATfoo.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".



       hdrs
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When unset, the header fields normally  added  by  the  "my_hdr"
              command  are  not  created.   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 mes-
              sage.



       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.



       help
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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

              Note: The binding will not be displayed correctly if  the  func-
              tion  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" vari-
              able  when  adding  the domain part to addresses.  This variable
              does not affect the generation of Message-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  clos-
              est 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  remem-
              bered)  of the string history buffer. 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_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 construct $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/mailname 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  behaviour  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 methods are either 'login'
              or the right side of an IMAP 'AUTH=xxx'  capability  string,  eg
              'digest-md5',  'gssapi'  or  'cram-md5'. This parameter is case-
              insensitive. If this parameter is 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 avail-
              able 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 connection, and add them to the set of  mailboxes
              it polls for new mail. See also the "mailboxes" command.



       imap_delim_chars
              Type: string
              Default: "/."

              This  contains  the  list  of characters which you would like to
              treat as folder separators for displaying IMAP paths. In partic-
              ular  it  helps  in using the '=' shortcut for your folder vari-
              able.



       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  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.



       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  periodi-
              cally, try unsetting this.



       imap_keepalive
              Type: number
              Default: 900

              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 discon-
              nected 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 toggle-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 fetch-mail
              function.  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 con-
              nection 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_servernoise
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When  set,  mutt  will  display  warning  messages from the IMAP
              server as error messages. Since these messages are  often  harm-
              less,  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.



       include
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not a copy of the message(s) you are  reply-
              ing 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 fanat-
              ical netizens.

              This  option  is  a format string, please see the description of
              "$index_format" for supported printf()-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 to format output (see  the  man  page  for  more
              detail).  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" converted to sender's time zone
              %D     date and time of the message in the format  specified  by
                     "date_format" converted 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
              %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     (_O_riginal  save folder)  Where mutt would formerly have
                     stashed the message: list name or recipient  name  if  no
                     list
              %P     progress indicator for the builtin pager (how much of the
                     file has been displayed)
              %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
              %X     number  of attachments (please see the "attachments" sec-
                     tion 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"; a leading bang disables 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"; a leading bang disables locales
              %(fmt) the local date and time when the  message  was  received.
                     "fmt"  is  expanded by the library function "strftime"; a
                     leading bang disables locales
              %<fmt> the current local time. "fmt" is expanded by the  library
                     function "strftime"; a leading bang disables locales.
              %>X    right justify the rest of the string and pad with charac-
                     ter "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-justifica-
              tion  will  print  everything  to the left of the %>, displaying
              padding and the 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 left-
              wards to make room for rightward text.

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

              See also: "$to_chars".



       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 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.



       mailcap_path
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  variable  specifies which files to consult when attempting
              to display MIME bodies 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_mtime
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set,  the  sort-by-date  option  in  the  browser  will  sort
              maildirs  smartly, not using the mtime of the maildir itself but
              that of the newest message in the new subdirectory,  making  the
              sorting  by  reverse date much more useful. People with maildirs
              over NFS may wish to leave this option unset.



       header_cache
              Type: path
              Default: ""

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



       maildir_header_cache_verify
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Check for Maildir unaware programs other than mutt having  modi-
              fied maildir files when the header cache is in use.  This incurs
              one stat(2) per message every time the folder is opened.



       header_cache_pagesize
              Type: string
              Default: "16384"

              When mutt is compiled with either gdbm or  bdb4  as  the  header
              cache  backend, this option changes the database page size.  Too
              large or too small values can waste space, memory, or CPU  time.
              The default should be more or less optimal for most use cases.



       maildir_trash
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  messages  marked  as  deleted  will  be saved with the
              maildir (T)rashed 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 messages 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  pre-
              ceded  by  the  not  operator "!".  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.



       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.



       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.



       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_con-
              text".)



       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 dis-
              played (useful for slow links to avoid many redraws).



       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".



       mh_purge
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When unset, mutt will mimic mh's behaviour  and  rename  deleted
              messages  to  ,&lt;old  file  name&gt; in mh folders instead of really
              deleting them.  If the variable is set, the message  files  will
              simply be deleted.



       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 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 "$mime_forward" is set. Other-
              wise "$forward_decode" is used instead.



       mime_forward_rest
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

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



       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.



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

              This  variable  describes  the  format of a remailer line on the
              mixmaster chain selection  screen.   The  following  printf-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  "mix-
              master-filter" in /etc/Muttrc.



       move
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-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.



       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, for instance if stale entries accumulate
              because you have deleted messages with another mail client.



       message_cache_clean
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, mutt will clean out obsolete entries from the cache when
              the  mailbox  is  synchronized. You probably only want to set it
              every once in a while, since it can be a little slow.



       message_format
              Type: string
              Default: "%s"

              This is the  string  displayed  in  the  "attachment"  menu  for
              attachments  of  type  message/rfc822.   For  a  full listing of
              defined printf()-like sequences see the section on  "$index_for-
              mat".



       narrow_tree
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              This  variable, when set, makes the thread tree narrower, allow-
              ing 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 "$read_inc" and "$write_inc".



       pager
              Type: path
              Default: "builtin"

              This variable specifies which pager you would  like  to  use  to
              view  messages.   builtin means to use the builtin pager, other-
              wise 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 necessary 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 displaying 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 con-
              text).



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

              This variable controls the format of the one-line message  "sta-
              tus"  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 pager_index_lines 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.



       crypt_autosign
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Setting this variable will cause Mutt to always attempt to cryp-
              tographically 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.  (Crypto only)



       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 con-
              nection  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.  (Crypto only)



       pgp_ignore_subkeys
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Setting this variable will cause Mutt to ignore OpenPGP subkeys.
              Instead, the principal key will inherit the  subkeys'  capabili-
              ties.   Unset this if you want to play interesting key selection
              games.  (PGP only)



       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
              "$crypt_replyencrypt",  because  it  allows you to sign all mes-
              sages which are automatically encrypted.  This works around  the
              problem  noted  in  "$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 output, 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)



       pgp_use_gpg_agent
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

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



       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 cryptographic signatures.  (Crypto only)



       smime_is_default
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              The  default  behaviour  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 applica-
              tion  that was used to sign/encrypt the original message.  (Note
              that   this   variable   can   be   overridden   by    unsetting
              $crypt_autosmime.)  (S/MIME only)



       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_decrypt_use_default_key
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If  set  (default)  this  tells  mutt to use the default key for
              decryption. Otherwise, if manage multiple certificate-key-pairs,
              mutt will try to use the mailbox-address to determine the key to
              use. It will ask you to supply a key,  if  it  can't  find  one.
              (S/MIME 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_for-
              mat", but has its own set of printf()-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_good_sign
              Type: regular expression
              Default: ""

              If  you  assign a text to this variable, then a PGP signature is
              only considered verified 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_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 sub-
              process failed.  (PGP only)



       pgp_long_ids
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, use 64 bit PGP key IDs. Unset uses the normal 32 bit Key
              IDs.  (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  mail-
              ing  lists,  where  the outer layer (multipart/encrypted) can be
              easily  removed,  while  the  inner  multipart/signed  part   is
              retained.  (PGP only)



       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 con-
              figured to ask before  sending  PGP/MIME  messages  when  inline
              (traditional) would not work.  See also: "$pgp_mime_auto".

              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  cre-
              ate  an  inline (traditional) 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 con-
              figured to ask before  sending  PGP/MIME  messages  when  inline
              (traditional) would not work.  See also: "$pgp_mime_auto".

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



       pgp_show_unusable
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, mutt will display non-usable keys on the PGP key  selec-
              tion  menu.   This  includes  keys which have been revoked, have
              expired, or have been marked as "disabled" 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_strict_enc
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, Mutt will automatically encode PGP/MIME signed  messages
              as  quoted-printable.   Please note that unsetting this variable
              may lead to problems with non-verifyable 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)



       pgp_sort_keys
              Type: sort order
              Default: address

              Specifies how the entries in the `pgp keys' menu are sorted. The
              following are legal values:

              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_mime_auto
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              This option controls whether Mutt will prompt you for  automati-
              cally  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_auto_decode
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If  set,  mutt will automatically attempt to decrypt traditional
              PGP messages whenever the user performs an operation which ordi-
              narily  would  result in the contents of the message being oper-
              ated on.  For example, if the user  displays  a  pgp-traditional
              message  which has not been manually checked with the check-tra-
              ditional-pgp function, mutt will automatically check the message
              for traditional pgp.



       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-like
              sequences:

              %p     Expands  to  PGPPASSFD=0 when a pass phrase is needed, to
                     an empty string otherwise. 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  verify-
                     ing 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*.rc  and
              gpg.rc  files  in  the  samples/  subdirectory  which  has  been
              installed on your  system  alongside  the  documentation.   (PGP
              only)



       pgp_getkeys_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command  is  invoked  whenever  mutt  will need public key
              information.  %r is the only printf-like sequence used with this
              format.  (PGP only)



       pgp_verify_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to verify PGP signatures.  (PGP only)



       pgp_decrypt_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command  is used to decrypt a PGP encrypted message.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_clearsign_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This format is used to create a old-style "clearsigned" PGP mes-
              sage.   Note that the use of this format is strongly deprecated.
              (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.  (PGP only)



       pgp_encrypt_sign_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to both sign and encrypt a body part.  (PGP
              only)



       pgp_encrypt_only_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to encrypt a body part without signing  it.
              (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.  (PGP only)



       pgp_export_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

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



       pgp_verify_key_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command  is  used  to  verify key information from the key
              selection menu.  (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.  (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.  (PGP only)



       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)



       smime_timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 300

              The  number  of  seconds  after  which  a cached passphrase will
              expire if not used.  (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_keys
              Type: path
              Default: ""

              Since there is no pubring/secring as with PGP, mutt has to  han-
              dle  storage  ad retrieval of keys/certs by itself. This is very
              basic right now, and stores keys and certificates in two differ-
              ent  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 one points to
              the location of the private keys.  (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-certificates.crt.



       smime_certificates
              Type: path
              Default: ""

              Since there is no pubring/secring as with PGP, mutt has to  han-
              dle  storage 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 one 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
              application/x-pkcs7-mime attachments.

              The  OpenSSL  command  formats have their own set of printf-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 verify-
                     ing 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_verify_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command is used to verify S/MIME signatures of type multi-
              part/signed.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_verify_opaque_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to verify S/MIME signatures of type  appli-
              cation/x-pkcs7-mime.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_sign_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to created S/MIME signatures of type multi-
              part/signed, which can be read by  all  mail  clients.   (S/MIME
              only)



       smime_sign_opaque_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to created S/MIME signatures of type appli-
              cation/x-pkcs7-signature, which can  only  be  handled  by  mail
              clients supporting the S/MIME extension.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_encrypt_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

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



       smime_pk7out_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

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



       smime_get_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This command is used to extract X509 certificates from  a  PKCS7
              structure.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_get_signer_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command  is used to extract only the signers X509 certifi-
              cate from a S/MIME signature, so that  the  certificate's  owner
              may get compared to the email's 'From'-field.  (S/MIME only)



       smime_import_cert_command
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              This  command  is  used  to import a certificate via smime_keys.
              (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  certificates,  and  for verification purposes (to
              check whether the certificate was issued for the sender's  mail-
              box).  (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)



       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 capabil-
              ity, since it would otherwise have to abort the connection  any-
              way. This option supersedes "$ssl_starttls".



       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.



       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 cer-
              tificate can also be saved in this file and further  connections
              are automatically accepted.

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

              Example: set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates



       ssl_use_sslv3
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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



       ssl_use_tlsv1
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

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



       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_ca_certificates_file
              Type: path
              Default: ""

              This  variable  specifies  a file containing trusted CA certifi-
              cates.  Any server certificate that is signed with one of  these
              CA certificates are also automatically accepted.

              Example: set ssl_ca_certificates_file=/etc/ssl/certs/ca-certifi-
              cates.crt

              Note: On Debian systems, this variable defaults to  the  example
              mentioned.  This  file is managed by the "ca-certificates" pack-
              age.



       pipe_split
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Used in connection with the pipe-message command and  the  "tag-
              prefix" operator.  If this variable is unset, when piping a list
              of tagged messages Mutt will concatenate the messages  and  will
              pipe them as a single folder.  When set, Mutt will pipe the mes-
              sages 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.



       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 PGP/MIME  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.



       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,  eg  'digest-md5', 'gssapi' or
              'cram-md5'.  This parameter is case-insensitive. If this parame-
              ter  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_auth_try_all
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, Mutt will try all available methods.  When  unset,  Mutt
              will  only fall back to other authentication methods if the pre-
              vious methods are unavailable. If  a  method  is  available  but
              authentication fails, Mutt will not connect to the POP server.



       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, ie:

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



       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_reconnect
              Type: quadoption
              Default: ask-yes

              Controls whether or not Mutt will try to reconnect to POP server
              if the connection 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.



       pop_pass
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              Specifies the password for your POP  account.   If  unset,  Mutt
              will  prompt  you  for  your password when you open POP mailbox.
              Warning: you should only use this  option  when  you  are  on  a
              fairly  secure machine, because the superuser can read your mut-
              trc even if you are the only one who can read the file.



       post_indent_string
              Type: string
              Default: ""

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



       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 estab-
              lish 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:

              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 '{local-
              host: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 (like me).



       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 message when print-
              ing 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 printing.



       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 exe-
              cuted once for each message which is to  be  printed.   If  this
              option is unset, the command specified by $print_command is exe-
              cuted 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 that mutt will use to make external
              address queries.  The string should contain a %s, which will  be
              substituted  with  the query string the user types.  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 fol-
              lowing printf-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" docu-
              mentation.

              * = can be optionally printed if nonzero, see the  "$status_for-
              mat" documentation.



       quit
              Type: quadoption
              Default: yes

              This  variable  controls whether "quit" and "exit" actually quit
              from mutt.  If it set to yes, they do quit, if it is set to  no,
              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.

              Note:  In  order  to  use  the  quotedx patterns in the internal
              pager, you need to set this to a regular expression that matches
              exactly the quote characters at the beginning of quoted lines.



       read_inc
              Type: number
              Default: 10

              If  set  to a value greater than 0, Mutt will display which mes-
              sage it is currently on when reading a mailbox or when  perform-
              ing  search  actions  such  as  search and limit. The message is
              printed after read_inc  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" variable 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 message.  Also see "$postponed".

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



       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.



       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.



       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 executed.



       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 abd30425ATsomewhere.net (Joe User)



              and then you receive mail which contains the following header:

              From: abd30425ATsomewhere.net



              It would be displayed in the index menu as "Joe User" instead of
              "abd30425ATsomewhere.net."   This  is useful when the person's e-
              mail address is not human friendly (like CompuServe addresses).



       reverse_name
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              It may sometimes arrive that  you  receive  mail  to  a  certain
              machine, move the messages to another machine, and reply to some
              the messages from there.  If this variable 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 current machine.



       reverse_realname
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              This  variable fine-tunes the behaviour of the reverse_name fea-
              ture.  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  set-
              ting of the realname variable.



       rfc2047_parameters
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              When  this  variable  is  set, Mutt will decode RFC-2047-encoded
              MIME parameters. You want to set this variable  when  mutt  sug-
              gests  you  to  save  attachments  to  files  named  like  this:
              =?iso-8859-1?Q?file=5F=E4=5F991116=2Ezip?=

              When this variable is set interactively, the change doesn't have
              the desired effect before you have changed folders.

              Note that this use of RFC 2047's encoding is explicitly, prohib-
              ited 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 specified in RFC 2231.



       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 saved in the
              "$history_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  selectively disable scoring for certain folders when
              the "$score_threshold_delete" variable and friends 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.



       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 addi-
              tional 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.



       sig_dashes
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              If set, a line containing "-- " 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 builtin
              pager.



       sig_on_top
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              If set, the signature will be included before any quoted or for-
              warded  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 messages.   If the filename ends with a pipe ("|"),
              it  is assumed that filename is a shell command and input should
              be read from its stdout.



       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 ~ operators.  See "patterns" for more information  on
              search patterns.

              For example, if you simply type joe at a search or limit prompt,
              Mutt will automatically expand it to the value specified by this
              variable.  For the default value it would be:

              ~f joe | ~s joe



       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  posi-
              tives  of "$quote_regexp", most notably smileys in the beginning
              of a line



       sleep_time
              Type: number
              Default: 1

              Specifies time, in seconds, to pause  while  displaying  certain
              informational  messages,  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 sup-
              presses the pause.



       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 methods are any SASL mech-
              anism,  eg "digest-md5", "gssapi" or "cram-md5".  This parameter
              is case-insensitive. If this parameter is  unset  (the  default)
              mutt  will  try all available methods, in order from most-secure
              to least-secure.

              Example: set smtp_authenticators="digest-md5:cram-md5"



       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  mut-
              trc even if you are the only one who can read the file.



       smtp_url
              Type: string
              Default: ""

              Defines the SMTP "smart" host where sent messages should relayed
              for delivery. This should take the form of an SMTP URL, eg:

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

              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
              "$strict_threads" unset.  In that case, it changes the heuristic
              mutt uses to thread messages by subject.  With sort_re set, mutt
              will  only  attach  a message as the child of another message by
              subject if the subject of the child message starts with  a  sub-
              string  matching  the  setting of "$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: ","

              "spam_separator" controls what happens when multiple spam  head-
              ers are matched: if unset, each successive header will overwrite
              any previous matches value for the spam label. If set, each suc-
              cessive  match  will append to the previous, using "spam_separa-
              tor" as a separator.



       spoolfile
              Type: path
              Default: ""

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



       status_chars
              Type: string
              Default: "-*%A"

              Controls  the  characters  used  by the "%r" indicator in "$sta-
              tus_format". The first character is used  when  the  mailbox  is
              unchanged. The second is used when the mailbox 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 toggle-write operation,
              bound by default to "%"). The fourth is used  to  indicate  that
              the current folder has been opened in attach- message mode (Cer-
              tain 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()-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  cur-
                     rent 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 $status_chars
              %s     current sorting mode ($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" docu-
              mentation.

              * = 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 fol-
              lowing 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 num-
              ber of new messages in a mailbox: %?n?%n new messages.?

              You can also switch between two strings using the following con-
              struct:

              %?<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-like sequence to be low-
              ercase by prefixing the sequence character  with  an  underscore
              (_)  sign.   For example, if you want to display the local host-
              name 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.



       strict_threads
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

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



       suspend
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              When unset, mutt won't stop when the user presses the terminal's
              susp key, usually "control-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 text/plain; format=flowed attach-
              ments.  This format is easier to handle for some  mailing  soft-
              ware,  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.



       thread_received
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

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



       thorough_search
              Type: boolean
              Default: no

              Affects the ~b and ~h search  operations  described  in  section
              "patterns"  above.   If set, the headers and attachments of mes-
              sages to be searched are decoded before  searching.   If  unset,
              messages are searched as they appear in the folder.



       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  frequency  with  which  progress updates are dis-
              played. It suppresses updates less than "time_inc"  milliseconds
              apart.  This  can improve throughput on systems with slow termi-
              nals, or when running mutt on a remote system.



       timeout
              Type: number
              Default: 600

              When Mutt is waiting for user input either idleing 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 keeping
              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 (default: space).  The second is used
              when you are the only recipient of  the  message  (default:  +).
              The  third  is when your address appears in the TO header field,
              but you are not the only recipient of the message (default:  T).
              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 (default: L).



       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  com-
              mand instead of a raw socket. You may be able to use this to set
              up preauthenticated connections to your IMAP/POP3 server.  Exam-
              ple:

              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.



       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
              "$envelope_from_address" is set, it will be used as  the  sender
              address. If not, 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 send-
              ing  messages.  If unset, no `From:' header field will be gener-
              ated unless the user explicitly sets one using the "my_hdr" com-
              mand.



       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 mes-
              sages, 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 builtin editor.



       wait_key
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether Mutt will ask you to press a key  after  shell-
              escape, pipe-message, pipe-entry, print-message, and print-entry
              commands.

              It is also used when viewing attachments with "auto_view",  pro-
              vided  that  the corresponding mailcap entry has a needsterminal
              flag, and the external program is interactive.

              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 char-
              acters.  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.



       wrap_search
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls whether searches wrap around the end of the mailbox.

              When set, searches will wrap around the first (or last) message.
              When unset, searches will not wrap.



       wrapmargin
              Type: number
              Default: 0

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



       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" variable.



       write_bcc
              Type: boolean
              Default: yes

              Controls  whether  mutt writes out the Bcc header when preparing
              messages to be sent.  Exim users may wish to unset this. If mutt
              is  set  to  deliver  directly  via SMTP (see "$smtp_url"), this
              option does nothing: mutt will never write out the BCC header in
              this case.

              Note:  On Debian systems, exim4 and postfix strip BCC headers by
              default. The above warning applies to exim3 users, see /etc/Mut-
              trc.



       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 format-
              ting 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 for-
              matting to the one used by "$status_format".



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

       The Mutt Manual

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

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



Unix                            September 2002                       muttrc(5)