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Some mails don't break lines when they reach a certain length, which makes them a pain to read in Mutt. Mutt will wrap them, of course, when they reach the end of the window, but can I set the maximal length to something shorter than the width of the terminal window?

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For mutt's internal pager, that's controlled by the $wrap mutt variable.

set wrap=80

to wrap at column 80.

set wrap=0

to revert to wrapping at the width of the terminal. See also the $markers option for visual indications of wrapped lines and $smart_wrap to decide whether to wrap at word boundaries or not.

(at the : prompt or in ~/.muttrc or in macros).

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