grepm - the grepmail/mutt helper
What is grepm?
grepm is a little wrapper script to assist in using grepmail with
the MUA (mail user agent = "mailreader") mutt.
What is grepmail? grepmail is a utility
which can grep (i.e. search) through mbox-style mailfolders, outputting
the matching emails. The special things about it are:
It is written by David Coppit
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and can be found at http://grepmail.sourceforge.net/.
David Coppit's homepage is found at http://coppit.org/.
- It presents the whole email(s) as a result, incl. the email context,
not just the matching line(s) and surroundings.
- It can differentiate between searches in header and body of the emails.
- It can suppress matches in attachments.
- It can read various types of compressed mailboxes, especially the
common gzipped ones, and the ever more popular
What does grepm do?
grepm passes your arguments to grepmail, and then
passes the output from grepmail to mutt. This includes
producing a temporary file (as mutt cannot to my knowledge handle standard
input), aborting if the result is empty (i.e. there are no matches), and
deleting the temporary file. It also cleans things up in case something
abnormal happens (e.g. you kill or abort grepm, or some
other error occurs).
What good is grepm?
grepm gives you back your usual view of the things - in a
mailreader. (If you are used to mutt, that is.) Especially, you
don't get harrassed by MIME, attachments, or QP (quoted printable). Mail is
reformatted into something readable. It accepts any options
which your version of grepmail may accept.
Where can grepm be found?
Right here: grepm
Don't forget to put it in your path and change its permissions to
executable. A working version of grepmail has to be in your path
Why a whole web page dedicated to a stupid little
I dunno, I guess I was too lazy to integrate it into my other outdated pages.
And I wanted to dedicate something to it, in case people kept asking. I like
thinking I can contribute. :-)
Page last updated 2003-09-12