Having downloaded my emails from Gmail (so I can have a backup), how do I read them (in case Gmail goes down).
We'll I've elected to use mutt, which is a nice piece of software based on the "Worse is better" principle. As the author of mutt says:
"All mail clients suck. This one just sucks less." —me, circa 1995
Most of the configuration for mutt can be done through the .muttrc file. Mine is like this:
set mbox_type=Maildir set folder="\~/Gmail-archive" set spoolfile="\~/Gmail-archive" set mbox="\~/Gmail-archive" set mask="!^.[^.]" set record="+.Sent" set postponed="+.Drafts" set reply_regexp="\^(((___SPAM___[t])|[rR][eE]:[ t])\_)+" set pager_index_lines=9 color index brightgreen default \~p \#To me (personal) color index yellow default \~N \#New color index yellow default \~O \#Old bind pager <up> previous-line bind pager <down> next-line bind pager <left> exit bind pager <right> view-attachments bind attach <left> exit bind attach <right> view-attach bind index <right> display-message macro index <left> "c?" bind browser <right> select-entry bind browser <left> exit
The little regex bit remove the SPAM heading from messages (that is attached by our mail system to suspect Spam) if I decide to reply to it. I.e., if a mail item is incorrectly classified I don't want the send to be bothered by the fact it was labelled as-Spam.