0

I use Mutt for emails. I have threads enabled and I can see that most of the emails are threaded in Mutt. So that is all good. But sometimes I reply to an email and the answer(from other person) to my replied email wont be part of any threads. The thing is that when I reply in Mutt (which I use Vim to edit them), the subject parts keeps getting longer and longer with many "Re"s. That is the case with those emails with missing threads.

I have:

set strict_threads="yes"
set sort="threads"
set edit_headers=yes

I am wondering if this has anything to do with Mutt or the person I am communicating over email.

Could this one be the culprit?

set metoo=yes

Any suggestions?

2

There are 2 methods for grouping messages into threads. The strict method is not by subject, but by analysing the references to previous messages in the message header (in-reply-to and references headers).

I use this method, which is controlled in mutt by setting the option strict_threads.

This works OK in almost every case, and allows the subject to be adjusted without risk of breaking the thread.

Be careful, knowing that you have edit_headers set, not to delete these references as you edit your message.

In the rare cases when someone replies without the correct reference headers, I manually attach it to the thread:

  1. tag the child message(s)
  2. go to the parent message
  3. press & (<link-threads>)

The second method (which is the default, with strict_threads unset) groups messages by subject. This is probably your case, and therefore fails if the subject is modified.

The variable sort_re allows you to specify how picky mutt is about grouping by subject.

Here is online documentation for strict_threads and sort_re.

2
  • Great help. Thanks. I did not know that I could relink threads. That was immense help. No wonder Mutt is wonders. Also having multiple tagged emails does not work with & linking. One has to use tag prefixing ; for multiple tagged messages. In any case this is great. Do not forget to apply your changes also ;) – yarun can Aug 22 '14 at 3:29
  • What I do most often is break threads (with #). People are used to replying to old messages for completely unrelated issues just for reusing the addressees. BTW, in mutt you can always use esc-E to create a message based on another one. – Juancho Aug 22 '14 at 15:31

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.