System mail

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Aug 31 15:01:02 UTC 2010

On Tue, 31 Aug 2010 07:52:45 -0700, Rem P Roberti <remegius at> wrote:
> >>>>    At this time system mail is being delivered to /var/mail/<user>,
> >>>> which is the normal way of doing things.  Is it possible to have
> >>>> system mail delivered to an email client, such as Thunderbird or
> >>>> Mutt?
> >>> No. Per definition, a mail client (mail user agent - MUA) can not
> >>> be the target of mail delivery ...
> >> Depending on what the OP had in mind, ports/mail/procmail might turn
> >> out to be (at least part of) a solution.
> >>
> >
> > Actually Mutt can read directly from a mbox file like in /var/mail/
> >
> You are quite right.  I was thinking more on the lines of having system 
> mail read by Thunderbird.

In this case, configuring the system's mail delivery to a local
account instead of directly to root, and then have Thunderbird
incormporate mail from local spool will easily do the trick.

I don't have Thunderbird installed, but you should be able to
find the correct setting.

However, one *could* bypass the incorporation process and find
a way to write the system messages DIRECTLY into Thunderbird's
user mail storage, but I think that would be a crazy idea. :-)

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