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Can Mutt commands such as "save" be done in the background to allow continued use of Mutt? (In the same way that set sendmail_wait=-1 causes $sendmail to be done in the background.)

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You can start whatever bogs Mutt down, then hit CTRL-Z to get out of the app, then run the bg command to put it in the background.

Do your thing, and once Mutt is through being bogged down you can get back into it by running the fg command.

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Wouldn't Screen be a better approach here ? More control, less error prone, and no output to Stdout over the stuff in the Foreground ? – davidgo Mar 15 '13 at 6:51
Screen would work too. The learning curve is more shallow if you just use the shell's built-in facilities. I suppose it's up to preferences. – John in Ohio Mar 15 '13 at 13:50
Sorry I was unclear, see edit. – Greg C Mar 16 '13 at 12:43
What if it turns out to be an operation that never completes? – Trevor Alexander Apr 7 '14 at 22:18

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