remote imap and mutt

Gary gv-list-freebsdquestions at
Sat Apr 24 11:19:31 PDT 2004

On Sat, Apr 24, 2004 at 06:24:16PM +0200 or thereabouts, Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
> I run the courier package, including imapd-ssl.
> My cli mail agent is mutt.
> If I'm logged in locally everything works very well, but I want to use
> mutt on another fbsd box an connect to my imap maildir *remotely*
> No matter what I try; all I see is my inbox. My other (remote) folders
> don't show up in the folder browser. If I tap "c -> <TAB>" the local
> Can anybody tell me the mutt options to show my other imap folders on
> the remote imap server?
> The imap settings in .muttrc are:

This is hardly a FBSD question, and would be handled on the Mutt list, as
its substance is about Mutt configuration. However, here is your answer.

First off, I have different .muttrc files for different IMAP servers, much
easier to customize this way... I then call it .. mutt -F .muttrc2 or some

Second, using below, you are not using SSL, as you say above.. you need

set ssl_starttls=yes

these are optional

set mail_check=60
set timeout=30
and to manage your certs when using SSL, so you do not have to say yes
each time you log on, you need..

set ssl_usesystemcerts=yes
set certificate_file=~/.mutt/certificates

> set imap_user=dick
> set imap_pass=*****
> set imap_home_namespace=imap://lothlorien/home/dick/Maildir
> set spoolfile=imap://lothlorien/INBOX
> set folder=~/Maildir
> set mbox_type=Maildir
> set mask=!^[a-z]
> set postponed=+.draft
> set record=+.outbox
> This does not work ;-( The manual states it should be possible to have
> the imap mailfolders in a listing. But I want to know how. Please..

third, you need to list your mailboxes from your IMAP server in your
.muttrc file, then they will show up..

mailboxes =INBOX =INBOX/sent =INBOX/whatever =INBOX/store =INBOX/bsd


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