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Mutt automatically remove 'N' flag from e-mail after it was opened. I don't want to mark this flag again after I saw content of mail. It would be better to override Mutt 'mark as read' behavior only when I enter specific command or particular rule applied i.e. content has been seen over 10s.

How to disable Mutt automatic 'N' flag removal ? Is it possible to apply rules to trigger 'mark as read' ?

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  • Hi, did you manage to resolve this? I'd like to disable that too :)
    – Guido
    May 2, 2014 at 16:59
  • I didn't. When I want to keep e-mail unread to do something with it in future I simply change its state to new by typing 'N' after reading it. May 2, 2014 at 23:13

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The imap_peek option might be what you're looking for.

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  • Unfortunately this is not what I'm looking for. Disabling this option cause mutt not to sync in real time, synchronization with IMAP server is performed on folder change or sync-mailbox. May 25, 2013 at 22:45
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I'm looking for a good solution to this as well.

Here is one (imperfect) solution that I tried:

macro index <return> "<previous-unread><next-unread><enter><set-flag>N"  "go to unread message and mark as new"
macro pager j "<next-unread><set-flag>N" "j- marking emails as new"
macro pager k "<previous-unread><set-flag>N" "k- marking emails as new"

This kinda works if you don't care about trampling over the old flag. (eg: if you are already using unset mark_old anyways)

Another thing that is possible is to set read_only in muttrc- but obviously there are huge limitations here.

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