Reverse Alias in mutt

by Patrick Connelly posted on February 23, 2009

A need has arisen here recently for me to need to “change” the headers on an email, so I can tell two people at work apart. Both have their name in the email header the same. Let’s call them “John Doe.” So in order to tell them apart, I’ve added a reverse alias rule to mutt to handle this. First enable the use of them by using

set reverse_alias

Then set up the alias. This can be added to your alias file, or straight into your .muttrc

alias fake_john (Fake John Doe)

Now all mail that comes in from will show up as from “Fake John Doe” but the headers will remain the same, and no one is the wiser.