On Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 07:14:28PM -0500, Tim Chase wrote:
I'm a bit stuck trying to figure out why colors aren't working for me
on FreeBSD (where I understand that termcap is used rather than

How are you invoking mutt?

The only way I can get a mono mutt display is by invoking mutt with an empty
config file (as I have a .muttrc with color statements already):

touch .argaerg
mutt -F .argaerg

Have you tried copying the supplied sample.muttrc to $HOME/.muttrc and then
running mutt? It'll at least show you colour if $TERM is xterm-256color

If you installed mutt with pkg, colour will be enabled. Here's my mutt -v :

Mutt 1.12.1 (2019-06-15)
Copyright (C) 1996-2016 Michael R. Elkins and others.
Mutt comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `mutt -vv'.
Mutt is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `mutt -vv' for details.

System: FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE-p10 (amd64)
ncurses: ncurses 5.9.20140222 (compiled with 5.9)
libiconv: 1.14
libidn2: 2.2.0 (compiled with 2.2.0)
hcache backend: Berkeley DB 5.3.28: (September  9, 2013)

FreeBSD clang version 6.0.1 (tags/RELEASE_601/final 335540) (based on LLVM
Target: x86_64-unknown-freebsd12.0
Thread model: posix
InstalledDir: /usr/bin


Compile options:


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