Vim Tips Wiki

Use Vim to expire your mail so Mutt will delete them later

Redirected from VimTip559

1,625pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share
Tip 559 Printable Monobook Previous Next

created 2003 · complexity basic · author Nazri Ramliy · version 6.0

Mutt has a feature to list expired mails (~E). Sadly, there's no built in way to set the expiry date of a certain mail so I came up with a Vim mapping to manually insert the "Expiry:" field of the mail header. It will ask for the date the email should expire (default is 'today') and then run the date command to produce the RFC-822 compliant date.

Here's the mapping and related function:

" Set expire date for the currently edited mail
nnoremap <buffer> <localleader>e gg/^Date: <CR>:call GetExpiryDate()<CR>:exe "normal! oExpires:\ndate --rfc-822 -d '". ExpiryDate."'"<Esc>!!sh<CR>kJ<CR>
function GetExpiryDate()
  call inputsave()
  let g:ExpiryDate = input("Enter expiry date: ", "today")
  call inputrestore()


Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.