On Fri, Sep 06, 2019 at 07:50:36AM -0700, Kevin J. McCarthy wrote:
If you have both "new" and "old" messages in the mailbox and want to clear both of them (marking them as read), I would suggest using something like
Clearing "old" will actually set both "new" and "old" messages to "read".

Just to follow-up to this and at the same time address Kurt's question, clearing "new" effectively does so too. So
would work just as well.

Internally, Mutt uses two different bits, "old", and "read" to represent the three states. "<clear-flag>O" sets the read bit and unsets the old bit, while "<clear-flag>N" only sets the read bit. However, Mutt patterns and display flags ignore the old bit if read is set.

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