where stores mutt the status of messages, i.e. "r", "N", etc. ?

Ian Zimmerman itz at very.loosely.org
Sun May 19 19:29:20 UTC 2019

On 2019-05-19 18:30, Ulrich Lauther wrote:

> Probably because my mailbox grew to large, this mechanism failed:
> suddenly I saw very old messages first.  To repair this I edited the
> mailbox (using vi) and deleted old messages.  Now it works again, but
> the status flags are funny: all messages are flagged as "old".  Also,
> I see files BOGUS.<user>.nnnn under /var/mail which are in mailbox
> format.

Well, this is why I prefer Maildir boxes.

Couldn't resist; yes, I know Maildirs have their own disadvantages.

To answer one of your specific questions: the flags are in a custom
header, namely Status: or X-Status: (I don't remember which of these
mutt uses).  See for example


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