adventures in blogging

Just a short trip through my strange computer based quests.

A little alternative mail.

July 25, 2019 — Sifr Nihilum

Since starting this little adventure, I've been using AERC as my mail client. It works great, it looks nice and the protonmail bridge is the easiest setup I've been through. Now this isn't my first rodeo. I've tried mail from the command line many a time, and it's ALWAYS been a pain the butt. I tried alpine, and got confused as can be real quick. I tried mutt.. Same deal. AERC is the first time I started a command line client and just enjoyed the experience.

Who in their right mind is crazy enough to stick to what is quick and simple and perfect already!? Not I.

Mutt is a classic in command line mail. It's been around for as long as I can remember, and it is championed by many a crazed fool not willing to install thunderbird. So. Here we go!

Neomutt is my weapon of choice. I honestly didn't even want to TRY and setup it up by hand, so I went with the mutt wizard from Luke Smith. It had some issues, nothing akin to the old school traditional issues I remember, but still issues. Mostly with the TLS handshake. A quick peak through the issues and I found out how to get my TLS fingerprint myself, which lead to me being able to quickly change my config files. It was probably more complicated than I found it, but I stood on the shoulders of giants. I have to say, with all due respect to Drew Devault, neomutt is my current mail choice. I couldn't say why. I just found it nicer to use once I got through the pain in the butt setup. Who knew? Sometimes the tried and true is a good choice!

Tags: mutt, neomutt, aerc, email, commandline, terminal