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Af provides commands for sorting some or all of the messages in a mail buffer. Each command prompts for a sort order, and then sorts the selected messages into that order.
The sort orders which af understands are:
show-dates-in-local-timeindicates whether dates should be compared as they are, or converted to your local time before they are compared (the default).
When you sort, messages which sort identically will remain in their
original order, so sorting a buffer by date and then subject will result
in the messages being in date order within each subject. This is often
a good approximation to the "threading" that news readers such as
trn do, and is handy for reading mailing lists.
Af does not sort your folders by default when it reads them. If you
have a preference for reading buffers in a certain order, then you can
set the configuration variable
initial-buffer-sort to the sort
ordering you prefer.
If you are familiar with other mail readers it is worth noting that af, unlike most other mail readers, saves the messages back to the folders in whatever order you sort them into. This can often be convenient when managing large folders.
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