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I use mutt as my email reader or mail user agent, MUA. I'm getting mail from countries that have no business addressing me. Examples: China .cn, Russia .ru, Argentina .ar. I want to mark all messages for deletion by searching the bodies of the messages for any reference to those country-code top-level domains, but I'm having problems crafting a regexp. I have tried ~B\.ar and ~B'.ar' (using Argentina as an example) but these seem to not be properly interpreting my attempt to specify a period.

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According to the mutt Advanced Usage manual Patterns:

~B EXPR messages which contain EXPR in the whole message

There needs to be a space between the ~B and the EXPR.

I would suggest trying:

~B \.ar$

Which will match any word that ends in .ar in the whole message.

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Search patterns use regex, so .ar would match kar, xar, etc. Use \.ar to specify (escape) the period.

I suggest searching using ~f \.ar, which will match .ar addresses in the From field, which is more specific than using ~B, which searches both the header and the entire message.

Other useful patterns:

  • ~e: Matches in the Sender field.
  • ~L: Matches "messages either originated or received by"
  • ~s: Matches the subject.

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