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Using mutt with Gmail I "check for e-mail updates" sometimes through the $ binding (sync-mailbox), sometimes just by using c (change folder) and just supplying = (defaults to MAILBOX) as the IMAP folder path to change to.

Is there a better (in particular: faster) way of doing the same? A solution would be something that is more direct than "pretending to switch folders", as I do, for example. Also something that does not "miss" some updates, as $ seems to do at times (perhaps $ is not meant to check for e-mails at all but just to expunge messages marked as deleted, etc?)

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Why aren't you just using the mail_check settings in mutt? –  jasonwryan Oct 5 '12 at 3:22
    
To be able to choose when I poll the server? –  Robottinosino Oct 5 '12 at 3:25
    
man muttrc | less -p mail_check - configure if/when mutt looks for new mail... –  jasonwryan Oct 5 '12 at 3:26
    
But I would like to issue the command manually, only: more conveniently than "pretending to switch IMAP folders". Most of the time, I don't need the polling at all.. –  Robottinosino Oct 5 '12 at 3:28
    
mutt updates the folder status after every keyboard input; either keep hitting $ or bind a specific key of your choice... Personally, I'm happy with letting mutt handle it. –  jasonwryan Oct 5 '12 at 3:40

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Bind a key (G for "Get" is recommended) to imap-fetch-mail in your ~/.muttrc.

 bind index G imap-fetch-mail

Pressing G while in the index will now fetch new mail from the imap server.

(for POP users, the fetch-mail function fetches mail from a POP server)

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Looks great... could I run this as a simple command, without the binding? How? (thanks a lot for your answer, BTW) –  Robottinosino Oct 5 '12 at 4:12
    
sorry, i don't understand the question. what do you mean by "run this as a simple command"? –  cas Oct 6 '12 at 2:38
    
@Robottinosino You can run the command without binding it to a key with M-x (i.e. Alt+X or ESC x): M-x imap-fetch-mail RET. –  Gilles Oct 6 '12 at 21:11
    
Both Meta_L+x and Alt_L+x give me: Key is not bound. Press '?' for help. –  Robottinosino Oct 7 '12 at 2:01
    
Alright, I surrender to some sort of binding and will use: macro index,pager ,f "<imap-fetch-mail>" –  Robottinosino Oct 7 '12 at 2:16

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