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I'd like to see the mail's date in the list that appears when I start mutt.

How can I do that?

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You can set the index_format variable to include all manner of different details about each message. In particular, you probably want the %d format string, which inserts the date formatted according to the value of date_format, or one of the other date format strings, such as %{fmt}, %[fmt], etc. As an example, here is my default index_format setting:

set 'index_format="%4C %Z %{%b %d} %-15.15L (%4l) %s"'

Take a look at the documentation for more details on what you can configure, and what the extended date format strings represent.

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Note that if you used %d (sender's timezone) or %D (your timezone) in index_format, don't enclose it in the curly brackets. For example, if in .muttrc, you have set date_format="%d %b %R", you need to use set index_format="%4C %Z %D %-15.15L (%4l) %s" rather than "%4C %Z %{%D} %-15.15L (%4l) %s". Otherwise you'll get the strftime interpretation of %d or %D. As the man page for strftime says: "Yecch." (-: – Steve HHH Jan 25 '13 at 5:37

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