Mutt Help

andrew clarke ozzmosis at
Tue Oct 2 12:38:01 PDT 2007

On Sun, Sep 30, 2007 at 05:54:37PM -0700, Rem P Roberti wrote:

> Hi All...I am a newbie using Mutt, and I have Fetchmail running as
> daemon.  Fetchmail is doing its job, periodically retreiving my pop3
> mail, but I am so far unable to find the correct entry for the
> .muttrc file which will result in Mutt automatically retrieving mail
> from fetchmail.  Any help would be appreciated.

By default, Fetchmail will put your mail wherever $MAIL points to. 
Usually this is in a file named /var/mail/username, where username is
your login name.

$ echo $LOGNAME
$ echo $MAIL

And by default, Mutt will look in the same place, as per muttrc(5):

              Type: path
              Default: ""

              If your spool mailbox is in a non-default place where Mutt  can-
              not  find  it,  you can specify its location with this variable.
              Mutt will automatically set this variable to the  value  of  the
              environment variable $MAIL if it is not set.

I use Fetchmail, Procmail, SpamAssassin, Mutt and Postfix quite
successfully here.  :-)


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