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MHI

mhi is a commandline style mailreader in the tradition of mh and nmh, but mutated to support IMAP.

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Why?

One thing that IMAP provides is the ability for multiple clients to access the same mail store. Graphical clients are all well and good, but sometimes a reversion to the commandline is necessary. Neither mh nor nmh will talk to an IMAP server (mh's original semantics, which nmh duplicates, rely on messages not auto-renumbering, as they do in IMAP folders), so I had to write my own client. Python's imaplib made this easy.

How?

As of v0.6.5 MHI is available as a PyPI package (pip install mhi) The same version also incorporates the old mkLinks wrapper-script functionality via:

  python -m mhi.mklinks <destdir>

.mhirc

.mhirc is an ini-style config file (parsed with configobj). Useful keys:

  • connection - an imap[s]://[username[:password]]@host[:port]/path url string that specifies how to connect to the imap server

  • connection_passwd - the password to use when connection. To avoid putting the password in plaintext in this file, if the string is surrounded by backticks (`), it will be executed as a shell script whose stdout will be used as the password.

  • folder_prefix - the prefix to add to your IMAP folders

  • comp_template - the template put into your editor when you use comp to write new mail

  • repl_template - the template put into your editor when you reply to a message

TODO:

  • use click - but would require new commands?
  • more help - should be self-documenting

Licensing information is in the LICENSE file. (short version: GPLv3 or CCBYSA)

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