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Is there a way to use vim/gvim as an editor for thunderbird? There was an add-on for it but it is now very out of date.

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Do you know Muttator? This Vimperator-like plugin might be interesting to the VIM fan using Thunderbird :) This issue makes it seem to me like there was external editor support in muttator (news to me) – sr_ Mar 22 '12 at 11:17
@sr_: Yes, I am using that but the editor is still the one that thunderbird uses internally which I do not like. – Sardathrion Mar 22 '12 at 11:19
Already answered on AU, cannot say if still valid. – enzotib Mar 22 '12 at 11:32
@enzotib: Sadly, it does not work any longer. I could not get it to actually open a message to reply. It does open an empty gvim window but that's of no use. – Sardathrion Mar 22 '12 at 12:00
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You could look into the Teledactyl add-on for Thunderbird from 5digits.org. They produce a Pentadactyl add-on for firefox which works nicely for controls, although text boxes are admittedly un-vim-ish.

Feature-list says it supports external editors, so gvim could be in your future.

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