A. Yes. Here are links to several translations:
A. Sylpheed is an e-mail client (& news reader) based on GTK+, running on the X Window System, and aiming for
A. You can download it from
There are links to download the tarball sources, and
also links to sites where you can download RPM's (for
Redhat and Mandrake), DEB packages for Debian, and
installations for Solaris and FreeBSD.
A. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (
A. It means 'light weight', like air. This comes from the name of the wind spirits, the Sylphs.
A. Mails are stored in the MH mailfile format as used by MH and EMH. Maildir and mbox format are not (yet) supported, although it is possible to import an mbox file into a Sylpheed mailbox.
A. Autocollection works since version 0.5.1. If you need it or want it, you should upgrade.
A. Yes. You can find it in Configuration > filtering tab.
Please note that filtering is not yet implemented for IMAP accounts.
A. Yes. As of version 0.4.99 IMAP is supported.
A. Yes, IPv6 is fully supported in Sylpheed.
A. Yes. GPG is implemented and works fine. For activating it in Sylpheed, see Q14 in the Installation section.
A. Sylpheed uses the Mutt type of mime checking.
A. No. A discussion has gone around over this topic, and the outcome was that HTML mail is not wanted. If you really need to send HTML, you can of course attach a webpage to an e-mail. Several patches have been made to facilitate better HTML handling in Sylpheed. You can find these patches at the Sylpheed Patch Page (see further down in the document).
A. Yes. When you search for a name that starts with "
don" (without the quotes) and press the TAB key.
This will show you the correct name (when only one "don"
exists in your addressbook. Otherwise a dropdown list
appears, which allows you to select the name you want.
E.g. Donald Duck, Don Johnson. But also e-mail addresses
starting with "
don" will appear in the list (like
A. When you want to use name completion, make sure that there are names in your address book. If there are no names, even Sylpheed has a hard time completing something.
A. That's what it is designed for!
A. The Sylpheed Patch homepage:
The sylpheed patch homepage
(Also see section on Installation on how to install a
A. To talk to others, you should join the Sylpheed mailing
http://sylpheed.good-day.net. Note that there is
a japanese and an english list, so pick the right one!
If you have made a patch that you want the world to know
of, please get in touch with the manager of the Sylpheed
Patch homepage, at
A. If ISO-8859-1 characters (>= 0x80) are not used in the message body, Sylpheed will automatically set the charset value in the Content-Type header as US-ASCII.
A. Word wrapping is a bit peculiar perhaps. You can type lines as long as you like. By the time you send or queue a mail with long lines, Sylpheed will first wrap the lines to the line length you set up, and then the mail is queued. This is more convenient than you think. Once a line is wrapped (hard line breaks are inserted in the text) and you add something in a line there, the next line will move to a separate new line, leaving one or two words from the previous line "hanging there" alone. E.g.
This is a long line is wrapped.
Now you add one word in the first line:
This is a very long line that is wrapped
This would cause you a lot of manual reformatting to get a presentable mail again.
A. Go to http://sylpheeddoc.sf.net and check out the FAQ and manual from the sylpheeddoc project. Both documents are available in multiple languages there and usually contain the latest updates.
A. Yes, just create/select the folder you want your mails in, and select "Import mbox file" in the File menu.
A. Yes. Just make sure that you add /. to the end of a rule so procmail knows you are filtering into an MH mail folder. Example:
Check man procmail for details.
Upgrade to 0.4.50: you should reconfigure your newsgroup settings
Upgrade to 0.4.63: you should set the URL string colors from the Configuration menu.
Upgrade to 0.4.65: some menu items have been moved
Upgrade to 0.7.3: many keybindings have changed
A. Just press Alt-U or select "update" from the summary menu.
A. If one wishes to use gvim as an external editor it's necessary to start it with the no-fork option -f, i.e. in the configuration dialog box you need to enter "gvim -f %s". If not the editor forks and open up a separate file and when one quits the editor the changes are lost and don't show up in the composer window.
(Thanks, Ed Collins!)