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I want to create a new folder from within Mutt. I use Maildir format to store the folders on the machine I am running Mutt on.

(I also view the mail remotely using courier IMAP but this doesnt involve Mutt)

Edited to clarify role of IMAP

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I'm using Dovecot, and it supports activating the imapd directly from shell; for example, dovecot --exec-mail imap, which can be used for Mutt's set tunnel=. Maybe Courier has a similar thing too? It would allow mailbox creation within Mutt. (/usr/lib/courier/imap might be enough.) – grawity Jun 21 '10 at 16:20
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If Mutt cannot create maildirs directly, it is easy to do it yourself. A "Maildir" format mail directory has nothing special except for three subdirectories cur/, new/ and tmp/ inside.

Assuming that your mail is kept under ~/mail/, a folder named "Something" would be created like:

  • For the Maildir++ layout used by Courier and Dovecot:

    mkdir -p ~/mail/.Something/{cur,new,tmp}

    (Note the leading dot – yes, this basically means subfolders are stored as hidden directories...)

    Equivalent to:

    mkdir ~/mail                    (implied by `-p`)
    mkdir ~/mail/.Something         (implied by `-p`)
    mkdir ~/mail/.Something/cur     (from brace expansion)
    mkdir ~/mail/.Something/new     (from brace expansion)
    mkdir ~/mail/.Something/tmp     (from brace expansion)
  • For the "filesystem" layout used by some other IMAP daemons:

    mkdir -p ~/mail/Something/{cur,new,tmp}

If you want a folder hierarchy "Archive" / "2010" / "06":

  • In Courier's layout, the folder would be named Archive.2010.06:

    mkdir -p ~/mail/.Archive.2010.06/{cur,new,tmp}
  • In the "filesystem" layout, it would be Archive/2010/06:

    mkdir -p ~/mail/Archive/2010/06/{cur,new,tmp}

(Terminology: mail clients keep messages in 'folders', and the filesystem stores everything in 'directories'.)

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c (change-folder), ? (list), Shift+C (create-mailbox)

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This only works across IMAP (i have reworded my question). I wonder if I ought to be using maildirmake -f – justintime Jun 21 '10 at 8:26
@justin: Posted other answer. – grawity Jun 21 '10 at 9:57

I usually just save some email to new not-yet-existing folder, and mutt creates the folder for me.

For me it's pretty intuitive, as there is no point in having folder without mails in it, so I just create it by saving there first mails that should go there.

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How do you do that - if you type M it then gives me a list of existing mailboxes. Thanks – justintime Jun 24 '10 at 10:09
"M"? I don't know what "M" does. I just press "s" on index of maildir, and then I can type my requested folder name. – user7385 Jun 24 '10 at 11:48
@justintime s – isomorphismes Mar 27 '14 at 8:27

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