Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Setting up mutt notes

Mutt will by default lookup the $MAIL variable in order to identify where the user mailbox is created e.g.:

echo $MAIL
/var/mail/username

If for some reason this is not set we can issue:

export $MAIL=/var/mail/username

and to make it permanent:

echo ~/.bashrc >> 'export $MAIL=/var/mail/username'

On first launch if your mail directoy does not exist ask you whether you would like it to create a new mail directory.

Sometimes if after first launch the mailbox (or it's folder) is deleted you might get the following error message:

/var/mail/username: No such file or directory

To re-create the mailbox we should generate a test mail to our self e.g.:

echo Test Email | mail $USER

and verify again:

mutt

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