[neomutt-users] The pager -> Index View

Sven Guckes neomutt-lists at guckes.net
Thu Oct 8 23:54:06 CEST 2020

* Kevin Shell <kshell at gmx.com> [2020-10-07]:
> Does the pager support scrolling left and right?

* Elimar Riesebieter <riesebie at lxtec.de> [2020-10-07]:
> What is it useful for? neomutt does line breaks automagic
> and fits the pager into the respective window.

* Elimar Riesebieter [2020-10-07]:
> Well, you have to set pager_format, index_format, sidebar_format and
> sidebar_width for use on your usual window size. And you can use
> sidebar-toggle-visible to get more space for index and pager.

* Kevin Shell <kshell at gmx.com> [2020-10-08]:
> It's useful when the index menu's index_format
> is wide and has deep threads.

well.. that's about showing the *index* then.  neomutt's
internal *pager* shows *messages*.  hence the confusion.

as for panning left/right within a message, i'd use "set pager=less".
"less" is a great program. it's like vim without the editing part.  ;-)
it compiles or DOS, too. i wish M$ had simply added that.
who knows.. five more years after adding WSL they might.

yes, seeing more of the index would be nice. especially with
auto-magic adjustments.  but i guess that's for the future.

for the time being (read: since 1996) I'd be happy to
see a multi-line setup for display of more commands:

    [N-1] index_format: w:widen n:narrow ;0:reset ;1:conf1 ;2:conf2
    [N-0] :set pager=less

these are the last two lines of the screen.  the keys "nw;"
are already taken, of course.  but i guess you get the idea.

i loved the newsreader "nn" which always displayed which
keys are available at the current context. great concept!

something like this:

    Command (abcde..XYZ): ?

too much for neomutt to show them all - i know.

however, a setup like the following would make
it a lot easier to cycle through setups:

    cycle IF 'key ö'
    cycle IF 'set index_format=foo'
    cycle IF 'set index_format=bar'
    cycle IF 'set index_format=baz'

so i'd type an 'ö' to skip to the next config.
adding an order to these and adding a
message as feedback would be nicer.
but.. future. after the cleanup.
and all those other new things...


# 2009-05-04  ,i  = index_format
  macro index ,i0 "<enter-command>set index_format='%4C %Z %{%Y-%b-%d} %-23.23F|%4c|%s'\n"
  macro index ,i1 "<enter-command>set index_format='%4C %Z %{%b %d} %-23.23F (%3l) %s'\n"
  macro index ,i2 "<enter-command>set index_format='%4C %Z %{%Y-%m-%d %H:%M} %-23.23F (%3c) %s'\n"
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