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I'm using mutt with gmail and everything works fine, but it is painfully slow at times. Much of this doesn't seem like it can be avoided, but I wondered if there wasn't a way to queue mail for send (using smtp.gmail.com) rather than having to wait for it to send in order to go back to the message list. Anyone know? Thank you!

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The solution for me was to switch to offlineimap + msmtp + this in .muttrc: set sendmail_wait=-1.

For anyone with imap performance frustrations with mutt (using gmail or otherwise), offlineimap and these other settings are definitely the way to go.

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    Keep in mind that if you don't wait for the email to finish sending, there's a chance it will fail and you will probably not notice. For me, at least, I don't send enough emails that the speed win is worth the small chance that I could have an unnoticed failure to send. – Hank Gay Oct 15 '12 at 17:04

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