HOWTO: Disable “sidebar” in Ubuntu’s mutt-patched Package

Yes, I still use mutt. The killer feature it has over Gmail is that I can go through my old messages in forward-chronological order. That and I don’t have to hack my web browsers to display plain text messages in a monospace font. But, in order to use mutt with all the latest and greatest patches, I had to apt-get install mutt-patched.

It is convenient that they maintain a package with all the patches. Unfortunately, when I fired up mutt it had this ugly left-pane, like it wanted to be Outlook or something? So, I did a little research and tracked the sidebar to its source:

Unfortunately, though, mutt lacks an important feature that most email clients do have: a folder list that allows you to see all mail folders you have and how many (new) emails they each contain.

One person’s important feature is another person’s nuisance, but further down the page I found the config to turn the thing off:

set sidebar_visible=no

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  • Tom

    Thanks for this, I had been having the same problem and couldn’t work out how to get rid of it.

  • thank you!

  • thank you!

  • David MacKay

    thank you!!! This has been nuisancing me for months. :-)