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How to flag (mark) an email which matches a rule as important (press F in mutt will flag email as important). So how to write this in procmail recipe ? If procmail can not flag email as important, then is there any other solution to do this with a rule automatically ?

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no worries with procmail you can do almost everything:-)

to have emails flagged with ! they must be tagged by X-Status: F

this can be achieved by piping the email through formail with proper args as shown in this .procmailrc snippet:

:0 fh
* ^TOsome@email.address
| formail -I"X-Status: F"
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    For efficiency, you probably want to change the flags to :0 fh i.e. only pipe the headers to formail. – tripleee Jan 14 '13 at 11:55
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    thanks, I've looked at the man page. it appears 'Feed the body to the pipe' ist default. I changed it above according to your suggestion. – sparkie Jan 14 '13 at 12:23

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