Reply with another email as attachment?

David Woodfall dave at
Wed Mar 14 17:52:32 UTC 2018

On (14/03/18 12:01), Scott Kostyshak <skostyshak at> put forth the proposition:
>On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 12:48:56PM +0000, David Woodfall wrote:
>> I have recently been in a discussion with a tech support person about
>> some emails that I have been receiving and I was asked to attach one
>> of them to a test email that she sent me.
>> I couldn't find how to do that, apart from actually finding the file
>> and attaching it that way. When I pressed 'a' to attach and then '?'
>> for a list I had a list of my folders up, but mutt wouldn't let me enter
>> them and gave a 'couldn't attach <dirname>' error.
>> Is there a way of doing this?
>I have no idea if the following is good advice or not, but I'll mention
>it and let you investigate, unless the other method works well for you.
>You can "bounce" an email with the "b" key. The advantage of this is
>that I believe the recipient will see the email just as you saw it. i.e.
>all of the headers will be the same. When you attach an email (as per
>the other solution), I'm not sure the headers are preserved. The
>disadvantage is that the email will look strange if the person is not
>expecting it (because the To: header will be to you!), so you should
>always warn the recipient (in my case, usually a tech team).
>Scott Kostyshak
>Assistant Professor of Economics
>University of Florida

In this case I had to attach one email to another and send it back to
the tech support person, so using the 'A' to attach is perfect.

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