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Using the ignore function it is possible to cherry pick which header information is displayed in the pager.

This works perfectly.

Saving mail, using the standard s bound functionality or a tagged ;s batch still includes all of the cruft. It does not matter if I save in the mailbox overview or from inside the pager.

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Not sure what you're asking for. Do you want to know how to entirely remove particular headers from an e-mail? –  Ansgar Wiechers Sep 17 '12 at 17:30
    
@AnsgarWiechers yes, like Return-Path,Received, Message-ID, and so on. All I'm interested in is the date, who it's from and the content. –  Erius Sep 17 '12 at 18:13

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The decode-save function, bound to <Esc>s, or the decode-copy function, bound to <Esc>C, should do what you want, although they may do more decoding of the message than you want.

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Ah, that does work adequately and I will accept your answer a bit later if things stay as they are. I want to keep it open in case someone knows a way to achieve that with an equivalent of the ignore and unignore functions. –  Erius Sep 17 '12 at 20:15

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