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I would like to display a search in mutt; i.e. all mails send by a specific author in inbox.

~f author

displays only the first mail from "author" surrounded by different mails. And I cannot navigate between the query results.

I would like a buffer with all mail from "author" (and only them).

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Instead of search, you should use limit, which narrows the mailbox only to the matching messages.

This command is bound to l (lowercase L); so you'd type:

l
~f author
<RET>

Extra: in threaded mode, you can display complete threads where at least one of the messages are from author, with the following match expression:

~(~f author)

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