33.12 Sorting the Rmail File
- C-c C-s C-d
- M-x rmail-sort-by-date
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by date.
- C-c C-s C-s
- M-x rmail-sort-by-subject
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by subject.
- C-c C-s C-a
- M-x rmail-sort-by-author
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by author's name.
- C-c C-s C-r
- M-x rmail-sort-by-recipient
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by recipient's name.
- C-c C-s C-c
- M-x rmail-sort-by-correspondent
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by the name of the other
- C-c C-s C-l
- M-x rmail-sort-by-lines
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by number of lines.
- C-c C-s C-k <RET> labels <RET>
- M-x rmail-sort-by-labels <RET> labels <RET>
- Sort messages of current Rmail buffer by labels. The argument
labels should be a comma-separated list of labels. The order of
these labels specifies the order of messages; messages with the first
label come first, messages with the second label come second, and so on.
Messages that have none of these labels come last.
The Rmail sort commands perform a stable sort: if there is no
reason to prefer either one of two messages, their order remains
unchanged. You can use this to sort by more than one criterion. For
example, if you use
rmail-sort-by-date and then
rmail-sort-by-author, messages from the same author appear in
order by date.
With a prefix argument, all these commands reverse the order of
comparison. This means they sort messages from newest to oldest, from
biggest to smallest, or in reverse alphabetical order.
The same keys in the summary buffer run similar functions; for
example, C-c C-s C-l runs
These commands always sort the whole Rmail buffer, even if the summary
is only showing a subset of messages.
Note that you cannot undo a sort, so you may wish to save the Rmail
buffer before sorting it.