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Tab Completing Aliases For Multiple Accounts In Mutt

In mutt, you can setup multiple accounts, and use account hooks (complete with key bindings) to change to those accounts. I have a Gmail account and a work account. In my Gmail account, I use goobook to access my Google Contacts, and I can successfully tab-complete the addresses when composing mail. But, I have not been able to tab-complete my aliases for my work account. Well, I figured it out, and if this is bothering you, here's the solution:

In my ~/.muttrc:

folder-hook "" "source ~/.mutt/gmail.rc"
folder-hook "" "source ~/.mutt/work.rc"
source ~/.mutt/gmail.rc # open gmail on startup

In my ~/.mutt/gmail.rc:

bind editor <Tab> complete-query
bind editor ^T complete
set query_command = "goobook query '%s'"

In my ~/.mutt/work.rc:

bind editor <Tab> complete        # default Mutt setting
bind editor ^T complete-query     # default Mutt setting
unset query_command               # default Mutt setting
source ~/.mutt/work_aliases

Notice the differences between the key bindings for "complete" and "complete-query" in the different RC files. Also notice that I'm unsetting query_command in my work.rc config. This is necessary to tab-complete the aliases out of the ~/.mutt/work_aliases file (the account details for my Google Account reside in ~/.netrc).

Hope this is helpful to someone else. I'm sure this is only helpful for a very small subset of users, but I wouldn't be doing my due diligence if I didn't post it. is relevant.

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Erik Johnson using Firefox 8.0 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | November 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Looks familiar. Were you in #mutt asking about this yesterday?

  2. Aaron Toponce using Debian IceWeasel 8.0 on GNU/Linux 64 bits | November 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Yes. I also posted to the mailing list. It's been bugging me for weeks, so I'm excited that I found a solution.

  3. Erik Johnson using Firefox 8.0 on GNU/Linux | November 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Cool. I was the guy that was dumbfounded before brendan nudged you in the right direction. So I learned something as well. Thanks for bringing it up.

  4. Steven Harms using Google Chrome 17.0.963.56 on Mac OS | March 13, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Just used this tip to get things working for me. So, thanks for documenting it here.

  5. Rowan Thorpe using Mozilla Compatible 5.0 on Debian GNU/Linux 64 bits | February 17, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Heh, I feel privileged to be one of those "people from the future" the xkcd mouseover text is talking about. Thanks for the handy tip.

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