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Old 10-02-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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mutt unread mail but none shown

I've been using mutt for some time with no problem until recently. Recently, mutt has indicated that I have unread messages, yet I can see none.
  • Can messages be invisible in Mutt? If so, how can I force them to become visable?
  • Can a mutt mail box be corrupted to indicate that there are unread messages when there are not? If so, how can I fix this?
Thank you all, in advance.
Old 10-19-2007, 01:55 PM   #2
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This problem still has not been solved. Has anyone had this problem occur? For clarification, here are some "screenshots" copy-and-pasted from a term ..
-- Mutt: Mailboxes [1]                                                                              
 1      11664 Oct 19 13:43 N =default                                                               
 2          0 Sep 11 11:08   =duplicates                                                            
 3          0 Oct 19 13:38   =junk                                                                  
 4          0 Oct 19 07:20   =spam                                                                  
q:Exit  c:Chdir  m:Mask  ?:Help
In the above, one can see that the "default" mailbox (where the incoming mail goes) is marked with an "N", indicating that there are new mails to be read.

Now, we move the cursor to the "default" mailbox and press enter and we see this:
     - 0 =default 0      Del 0      Msgs 4 11K                                                     (all)
   1   + Oct04 You have been added to this usergroup                                
   2   + Oct08 gohomeproductio GHP vs Dylan / GHP DJMix Oct 2007                                    
   3   F Oct12 To xxxxx, xxxxx Keeping in touch                                                     
   4   + Oct15 noreply@letters NaNoWriMo loves lokken                                               
q:Quit  d:Del  u:Undel  s:Save  m:Mail  r:Reply  g:Group  ?:Help
Note that in the above, certain portions of some of the addresses have been "x"-ed out. That is the only alteration of the "screenshot" above.

More importantly, note that none of the four messages are marked as new/unread.

Mutt is indicating that messages are unread when all have been read. Mutt is wrong,

What command is the one that forces mutt to realize that all the mail is old, already read, not new?

Thank you.
Old 10-19-2007, 05:50 PM   #3
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Well, thanks to the people on the #mutt chanenl on freenode, I have the answer. Mutt uses the modified time on the mail folders/files. Since I had that partition mounted with the "noatime" option, mutt got all confused. I edited my fstab, rebooted, went into mutt. Bam. done. solved. no more problem. Most excellent.


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