Feedback on ticket 146 - $reverse_realname behavior

Kevin J. McCarthy kevin at
Tue Jun 11 16:12:06 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 12:26:47PM +0200, rear1019 wrote:
>The ticket assumes that both $reverse_name and $reverse_realname are 
>set. In this configuration mutt should reuse the To: header of the 
>message replied to as-is in the reply’s From: header, even if the name 
>is empty.

The documentation certainly says "as-is", so from that side I support 

However there are two other factors here, intention of the patch and 

The initial commit 8bdc339d was implemented as a modification of 
existing behavior: the ability to strip out the personal ("realname") 
field when $reverse_name is set.  The commit message is short, but I 
imagine the idea was to *not* accept the realname field, but still have 
the ability to reply using the address sent to.  The inverse is not the 
same thing as *always* using the realname field even if missing.

A further issue is the age of the option and behavior: the commit was 
made in March 2000.

If I adjust the documentation, I doubt there will be any complaints. 
But if I adjust the behavior, it is almost certain some users will 
notice and complain vociferously.  So, after more thought, I am leaning 
toward adjusting the documentation.

Obtaining the behavior you desire can be accomplished by unsetting 
$realname and instead putting the name inside the various $from / my_hdr 
settings you use.

Kevin J. McCarthy
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