Just when I thought I would be a reasonable guy for 2018 and just keep processing my email with Apple Mail, I found myself reconfiguring Emacs to fetch and send some email using mu4e, now in version 1.
The above screenshot is just a side by side arrangement of the header view and the main mode view (with a little help from
There are a couple of modifications compared to my previous settings. First, I am now relying mbsync instead of offlineimap (which is in maintenance mode nowadays) to get my email in sync between the mail server and the local Maildir. I find it much simpler and probably faster, although I do not have large amount of email to fetch actually. Second, I no longer use Gmail so my setup was a bit simpler (you know how Gmail think of mailboxes and virtual folders, right?). I know we can configure an iCloud account but I didn’t try that for the moment. The default configuration with mu4e relies on Emacs
smtpmail, but it is also possible to use postfix.
I am using Doom Emacs and it comes with a dedicated layer, in Spacemacs parlance, and a set of Evil bindings that I still need to learn.1 However, original mu4e shortcuts are currently working so this is not a big deal. For the record, with OVH we need to use the SSL channel (
ssl0.ovh.net) but the outgoing port should be set to 587 and not 465 (which is the one for SSL connection). This is not obvious from the on-line help but in case it helps…
I only configured one account since it is supposed to be used to send quick email or attachments, but I moved my entire archive of Gmail messages into a dedicated mailbox. I consider that it might still be helpful to keep of all my emails in one place as plain text: I can search into the archives from Emacs or a Terminal thanks to mu, and I also get all my contact information, including email addresses from past conversations, in case I need it.
Note that I also added a “queue” folder using
(setq smtpmail-queue-dir "~/.mail/queue/cur") in case I have to work remotely and offline. So, for now my Maildir is organized as follows:
% tree -d -L 2 .mail .mail ├── aliquote │ ├── Drafts │ ├── INBOX │ ├── Sent\ Mail │ └── Trash ├── archives │ ├── cur │ ├── new │ └── tmp └── queue ├── cur ├── new └── tmp
Other useful tips & tricks can be found in the following blog posts:
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I still haven’t figured out how to make
org-mu4e-compose-org-mode play well with the rest of my configuration when hooked under
C-c C-c in message view does not send the message but remains bound to its Org-specific counterpart), and I have to dig further. ↩︎