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I've been using notmuch, via smtpmail.el and getmail to manage my emails on Emacs, and it all works, although I'm annoyed at how I need to change the name beside my <email@address> (defined by user-mail-address) on the From: header.

I've changed user-full-name in my settings.el, following the examples here:

https://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/SendingMail

https://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/manual/html_node/efaq-w32/Outgoing-mail.html

But whenever I go write a new messsage or reply to one, From: still shows my debian username.

  • Did you try setting user-mail-address? – NickD Jul 31 '20 at 14:40
  • I've already set it to the right address in my settings.el, i've edited my question to reflect that. But what I'm looking for is how to change the name beside that on the From: mail heading. – theblacksquid Jul 31 '20 at 15:57
  • Sorry, I misread the question. – NickD Jul 31 '20 at 16:54
  • Check the value of user-full-name just before you try to compose the mail: C-h v user-full-name RET. If that is not correct, restart emacs and check again. If it is correct, I would instrument the function message-make-from with edebug and try to compose an email. When you hit the breakpoint, check a backtrace with d and see who called what and how: in particular, if message-make-from is called without an argument, it should use user-full-name; if it is called with an argument, check the callers. – NickD Jul 31 '20 at 17:15
  • Evaluate also (message-make-from) with C-x C-e after the closing paren. It should return the "right" thing: assuming user-full-name is "John Smith" and user-email-address is "jsmith@jsmith.net", it should return John Smith <jsmith@jsmith.net>. OTOH, if you call message-make-from with an argument like this: (message-make-from "foo") it is going to return foo <jsmith@jsmith.net>. – NickD Jul 31 '20 at 20:45

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