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Old 03-18-2020, 03:29 PM   #1
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Slackware e-mail client


Hi! I see that last Thunderbird (updated by slackpkg) is too heavy on load. So my question is: which client is better on Slackware: mutt, sylpheed or clawsmayl?

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Old 03-18-2020, 04:27 PM   #2
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Mutt ships with Slackware. Claws and Sylpheed can be found at http://www.slackbuilds.org/. Thunderbird works well for me.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 04:55 PM   #3
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Lots of choices available, I have spent about 15 years using mutt and it still keeps me happy...
 
Old 03-18-2020, 04:56 PM   #4
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Claws is the client I use. Great functionality, very light on resources, and can handle multigigabyte mailboxes without a hiccup.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 05:02 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Linpassion View Post
Hi! I see that last Thunderbird (updated by slackpkg) is too heavy on load
How do you see that?

On my personal system I have (from top):
Code:
  PID USER      PR  NI    VIRT    RES    SHR S  %CPU  %MEM     TIME+ COMMAND
30131 chris     20   0 3364532 476204 108168 S   0.0   1.4  34:54.22 thunderbird
which seems pretty mild to me.

Although that is with no particular activity taking place, how much extra activity would you expect when retrieving/displaying a bunch of emails (or whatever "on load" represents). More particularly how/why do you expect that thunderbird is less efficient doing that compared with other clients? Does mutt (for example) download less data for a given email? Does it render images faster?

I'm not against mutt, sylpheed, claws or any other email client but curious about the bad rep for thunderbird. If any is demonstrably better than the other, I'd certainly consider changing to it. Until then, thunderbird works just fine for me.

chris
 
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Old 03-18-2020, 05:13 PM   #6
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I've been using alpine for years. Works fine for me..
 
Old 03-18-2020, 05:15 PM   #7
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Lots of choices available, I have spent about 15 years using mutt and it still keeps me happy...
I used mutt for 10 years but recently switched to neomutt because it has integrated NNTP client - it's easier to read various mailing lists via lore.kernel.org and gmane using a known interface instead of switching to slrn just for this.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 05:32 PM   #8
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Just in case you intend to send patches for the Linux kernel: https://github.com/torvalds/linux/bl...il-clients.rst

This article also includes a few useful hints.
 
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Old 03-18-2020, 05:49 PM   #9
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Personally, I don't use mutt to send patches to the mailing lists, I use git-send-email:
Code:
git send-email --to mailing@list.com ...@{upstream}
(I made up an e-mail address in this example but ...@{upstream} is valid git syntax in case you wondered).
Sending a single patch wouldn't be a problem with git-format-patch and mutt -H but git-send-email is easier to use when sending a patch series.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 07:09 PM   #10
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Claws is the client I use. Great functionality, very light on resources, and can handle multigigabyte mailboxes without a hiccup.
agreed, claws is almost flawless and handles multiple large email accounts very well.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 08:25 PM   #11
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I have used both Mutt and Claws and like them both.

Claws is easier to set up than Mutt. With Mutt, you have to configure mail transfer and mail delivery agents, as well as procmail (which is a great learning experience!).

Claws configures more like Thunderbird, in that setting up Claws also sets up the MDA and MTA, and you create filter rules within the UI (procmail is "process mail" filter rules).

I am currently using Claws as my primary email client. (I am using Thunderbird on one machine, just because I wanted to see what Thunderbird is like these days. Frankly, I am not a fan.)

Just my thoughts.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 09:00 PM   #12
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I have used both Mutt and Claws and like them both.

Claws is easier to set up than Mutt. With Mutt, you have to configure mail transfer and mail delivery agents, as well as procmail (which is a great learning experience!).
I use it with offlineimap with cron, msmtp, notmuch, abook and Emacs with https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/mutt.el. procmail has been unmaintained for years and while I still use it on the server side to filter hundreds of e-mails from mailing lists I need to look for an alternative (or unsubscribe from most of these lists).

Last edited by average_user; 03-18-2020 at 09:05 PM.
 
Old 03-24-2020, 01:04 AM   #13
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I use Claws Mail. Been using it for years. I have 13 accounts setup, one IMAP, one local (forwards from root) and the rest POP3. One of the POP3 accounts has it's own mailbox, the rest of the POP3 accounts all share the same mailbox. The lone IMAP of course has it's own mailbox. I have a boat load of filters that route incoming mail to respective folders, only thing left in the Inbox is stuff I don't filter.
 
Old 03-24-2020, 01:18 AM   #14
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I'm going to try claws. I got fed up with T-bird long ago and now seamonkey -mail is giving me too much trouble. mutt seemed too much trouble for me the last time i looked at it. now i am motivated to pitch out seamonkey and that whole mozilla mail mess.
 
  


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