Mutt Thread Sort By Most Recent

Using the default thread sort in mutt and reading a message that was receive today, attached to a from the start of February I had a momently realisation that it would be nice if mutt could sort the threads by the date of the most recently arrived message, rather than the first message in the thread.

Quick google and I have my answer:

set sort=threads # default sort messages by thread
set sort_browser=reverse-date # showing mbox list default to newest first
set sort_aux=last-date-received # showing threads with youngest message last


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    November 3, 2005 @ 7:49 am

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  3. Randy Robertson Said,

    June 20, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    Better is sort_aux=reverse-last-date-received

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