[lug] Using Mutt and Replying to Messages Sent as Attachments

Daniel Webb lists at danielwebb.us
Wed Nov 22 16:19:04 MST 2006

On Wed, Nov 22, 2006 at 10:01:07AM -0700, Bill Thoen wrote:

> I use mutt as my mail client, and ever since MS Outlook started formatting
> messages as HTML attachments, I can't seem to quote the messages in
> response. Even to read them, I have to view the attachment. Since a lot of
> the world still uses whatever MS sends them I get these sorts of messages
> quite oftten. Does anyone know of a solution where I can still use mutt's
> text interface with these?

You mean they're sending HTML-only email (not multipart with both text and
HTML versions?)  

Not sure if this helps, but the relevant part of my .muttrc is:

# alt/multipart precedence
alternative_order text/plain text/html text 

# Automatically use entries from mailcap to view these MIME types
#       auto_view <type> [ <type> ... ]
auto_view text/html

And I'm not sure why but my /etc/mailcap has about a dozen entries for
"text/html".  Do packages just keep tacking on lines to that file or something
in Debian?  Not sure, but it seems to work.  I've never gotten an email in
Mutt that I couldn't just "r" reply to.  Maybe I'm just lucky and don't
associate with HTML-only-email kinds of losers?  :)
Or maybe a MIME-type in /etc/mailcap is being provide by a package I have that
you don't?  I don't fully comprehend mailcap, although it's not supposed to be
that complicated.

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