How do I forward old root emails from the root mailbox to my address?

Andreas Widerøe Andersen wodfer at
Wed Apr 25 11:23:09 UTC 2007

On 4/25/07, Oliver Peter <hoschi at> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 11:11:07AM +0200, Andreas Widere Andersen wrote:
> > Hi,
> > On one of my FreeBSD servers all system emails to root is stored in the
> root
> > mailbox under /var/mail/root. I have updated my alias file so new mail
> is
> > forwarded to one of my email adresses, but is there a simple way for me
> to
> > send all these old mails in root's mailbox to my email address without
> > logging in through pop3/imap?
> >
> > A command line trick would be perfect.
> mutt is your friend.
> Open the mbox file with
>           # mutt -R -f /var/mail/root
> Then Tag all mails (press 'T' then enter '.') and bounce the tagged
> messages (press ';' and thenn 'b') to your personal email address.
> That's the easiest way I know.
> (Of course you need a running MTA, too)

Thanks for your reply. I don't have mutt installed and I was hoping for a
way of doing this without installing additional software. Also, I didn't
mention that on one of the machines there are probably a year of emails so
the box is quite large.

Any other ways? I have sendmail installed and running.


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