Section: Muttprint Short Manual (1)Updated: 2010-12-16Local indexUp
muttprint - pretty printing of mails with Mutt
muttprint [options]... [-f file]
This manual page documents briefly the Muttprint utility. This manual
page was written originally written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution
because the original program did not have a manual page, but now I took
over this man page in POD-format.
Muttprint is a utility that formats the printing of Mutt and other
mail clients like XFMail or PINE to be like the printing of Netscape Messenger
or Kmail. It can print a little penguin on the first page and a headline on every
page. Furthermore, it only prints the most important headers, but not the
whole plethora of them.
For detailed information about Muttprint look read the User's guide in PDF
and HTML format at /usr/share/doc/muttprint/.
Anyway, you have to put the following line in your /etc/Muttrc or
If you want to customize the settings of Muttprint, just copy
to /etc/Muttprintrc or ~/.muttprintrc in reliance
if you want change the settings for the whole system or one user.
Muttprint defaults to English language settings if the environment
variable LANG is not set. For example in a German environment
you should set:
This can for instance be done in in your local ~/.bashrc. For a more
detailed information about localization of Muttprint read the
PLEASENOTICE: This options override the corresponding
settings in ~/.muttprintrc and /etc/Muttprintrc.
And here's the description of all command line options
(a descriptions of the settings in the rcfile is included in
the sample-muttprintrc-en distributed with Muttprint):
Prints a list of all possible options.
Prints the current version of Muttprint.
Prints out information about the current locale environment and exits.
Reads from file instead of STDIN. Useful for some mail clients as XFMail.
If file is -, Muttprint reads from STDIN.
Uses another printer than the default printer or the setting in the rcfile.
You can also print in file using TO_FILE:/path/to/file as printer
name. If you would like to have the result in STDOUT, set
the printer name to -.
-Cprint command, --printcommandprint command
Sets the command which is used for printing to print command. Thereby
the string $PRINTER is replaced by the specified printer name.
CUPS support could be activated by CUPS; alternatively you can
specify any command that contains the string $CUPS_OPTIONS which
is replaced by the options used for CUPS.
Takes file as picture printed on the right top of the sheet. file
must contain the full path. Set file to off if you wouldn't
like to print a picture.
-x, --x-face | -nox, --nox-face
Turns on or off the printing of the picture which was transmitted in the
X-Face: header. Read the documentation for a detailed explanation.
This is the amount of time in seconds which your printer needs to
print one page. It is only necessary if you use duplex printing.
Default is 30 (seconds).
Amount of time in seconds which Muttprint should wait between
printing odd and even pages for duplex printing.
Here you can choose a nice font family for your printing. Possible are:
Latex, Latex-bright, Latin-modern, Times, Utopia, Palatino,
Charter, Bookman, CentSchool, Chancery, Helvetica and
AvantGarde. If all fonts are available on your system depends of your
installed LaTeX-system. Default is Latex.
-H, --headrule | -noH, --noheadrule
Here you can choose whether it should be printed a rule after
the top line on pages greater than 2 or not.
-b, --footrule | -nob, --nofootrule
Here you can choose whether it should be printed a rule over the
foot line or not.
Choose a style for the printing of the mail headers on the first page: plain,
border (default), Border, fbox, shadowbox, ovalbox, Ovalbox,
doublebox, grey, greybox. Read the manual for a detailed description of
Specify the headers that should be printed. Separate each header with
"_". Headers that are embedded in * are printed bold; use
/ for italic printing. If a header does not exist, it will be omitted.
The given order is the same as on the printing.
Choose your paper format: A4 in most countries (``DIN A4'' in Germany)
and letter in the U.S.
This option accepts two settings: original and local. If you
use original, the date will be printed unchanged as it appears
in the mail header, i. e. in English and in the sender's time zone.
If set to local, the date will be printed in the local
language and in the system's time zone. See the options
--date-format and --lang.
original: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 21:43:49 +0100
local: Dienstag, 15. Januar 2002 21:43:49
This options allows you to change the date format (if you've
chosen local before). The argument is a format string
according to strftime(3), e. g.:
"%A, %d. %B %Y %H:%M:%S" (standard in Germany)
"%a, %d.%m.%y %H:%M" (shorten form)
"%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S" (ISO format)
With this option you can set how mail addresses are printed. The value
original does not change the header. Otherwise you have to specify
a format string; following substitutions are done:
%r name ("real name")
%a mail address
The default setting is %r <%a>,\n. Moreover, you can emphasize
some parts with bold or italic printing. You have to enclose these parts
with stars ("*") for bold or with slashes ("/") for italics.
The quotes are necessary because the string contains spaces. Otherwise the shell
splits the string into two parts.
This sets the options which are passed to the Verbatim environment
that is necessary to print the normal mail text. Detailed explanations
are in the user's guide. Some examples:
fontshape=it italic fonts
frame=topline border above the block
fontfamily=helvetica Helvetica font
fontsize=\Huge huge font
To combine options, you have to separate each option with a comma, e. g.
Same as --verbatimnormal, but this sets how the signature
is printed. If the argument is raw, there is now discrimination
between normal text and signature.
-D, --debug | -noD, --nodebug
Choose whether Muttprint writes to a log file /tmp/muttprint.log.
Useful to ask some other about help if Muttprint doesn't work.
-B, --background | -noB, --nobackground
After reading from standard input, Muttprint runs in the background.
The advantage is that the you can use mail client immediately after
start printing. The disadvantage is that error message could not
be printed anymore. So use this option only if Muttprint works error-free
on your system.
-d, --duplex | -nod, --noduplex
Enables or disables duplex printing. If enabled, Muttprint
prints only odd pages and waits some time before it prints
This feature is called papersave mode in the manual and in
Sets the top margin in millimeters.
Sets the bottom margin in millimeters.
Sets the left margin in millimeters.
Sets the right margin in millimeters.
-s, --rem_sig | -nos, --norem_sig
Removes the signature (separated by "-- ") in the
printing. This is useful for very long signatures. But more and more people
(or mail clients) doesn't separate the signature correctly so this
feature works not always, see also the next option.
Sets the regular expression (in Perl syntax) used to recognize signatures.
The default is ^-- $.
-q, --rem_quote | -noq, --norem_quote
Remove the quoted paragraph from the printing.
Muttprint detects the quoting with the same regular expression as Mutt,
so it should work.
Specifies the font size. Possible values are 10pt, 11pt
Controls how long the longest line could be. Longer lines
are wrapped automatically and the paragraph will be reformatted.
Specifies another configuration file, which is read additionally to /etc/Muttprintrc
and ~/.muttprintrc. This file overwrites all other settings, including this one
which are done by command line parameters. (It makes no sense to include other
options despite -f if you use this option.)
The program Muttprint itself.
Helping program for reading the system's default encoding.
System-wide configuration file.
User configuration file.
Temporary files created by Muttprint.
Muttprint manual files in different languages and formats.
Some pictures which can be used for printing on the
first page of your mail.