A wizard that autocreates an offline email setup for (neo)mutt with isync/mbsync
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commit 6a9c4d5b72ab494848488cc26abc8b2b05cab71f
parent c55f6818f615c419ed45e61ca9567b105c552576
Author: Luke Smith <>
Date:   Thu, 25 Apr 2019 11:32:48 -0400

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diff --git a/ b/ @@ -48,6 +48,7 @@ The mutt-wizard is run with the command `mw`. It also installs the `mailsync` co - `notmuch` - index and search mail. Install it and run `notmuch setup`, tell it that your mail is in `~/.local/share/mail/`. You can run it in mutt with `ctrl-f`. Run `notmuch new` to process new mail, although the included `mailsync` script does this for you. - `abook` - a terminal-based address book. Pressing tab while typing an address to send mail to will suggest contacts that are in your abook. - A cron manager - if you want to enable the auto-sync feature. +- `pam-gnupg` - this is a more general program that I use. It automatically logs you into your GPG key on login so you will never need to input your password once logged on to your system. Check the repo and directions out [here]( ## Neomutt user interface diff --git a/mw.1 b/mw.1 @@ -86,6 +86,25 @@ Google will require you to allow "less-secure" (third party) applications or use Protonmail users must use the Protonmail Bridge <> to access their IMAP and SMTP servers. This too should be configured before running mutt-wizard. .B Enterprise and university accounts Many universities and businesses might host their domain's email via Google or another service. This often requires a special IMAP/SMTP-specific password that you must generate and use. Again, mutt-wizard can handle these systems, but only once they've been set up. +.TP +.B Password decryption +mutt-wizard uses +.I pass +and therefore +.I gpg +to decrypt your passwords. Provided your GPG key has a password, this might mean that you will be prompted for your GPG password the first time you sync or send mail in a session. Once your password is cached, it might also expire later as well. + +Because of this I strongly recommend the program +.I pam-gnupg +<> which automatically unlocks your GPG password on login and keeps it active, thus giving you, with mutt-wizard, secure access to all your email accounts on your system without ever having to input a password. + +If you don't want to use this program, you can also increase the cache time of an inputted GPG password with the +.I default-cache-ttl +and +.I max-cache-ttl +variables in your +.I +gpg-agent.conf. .SH MUTT-WIZARD'S NEOMUTT CONFIGURATION Here is a list of not only mutt-wizard's particular defaults, but what you need to get the most out of email accounts configured with mutt-wizard. .TP