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Old 05-18-2015, 06:31 AM   #1
Jean-Luc Besson
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Question Setting up Mutt - Mailboxes [SOLVED]

Hi Everyone,

I'm currently setting up Mutt on my freshly installed Debian Jessie. First time for me to work with Mutt. So far, I managed to fetch mail (POP3 with fetchmail -vk; setup via .fetchmailrc) from my hosting provider and I was also able to send email (SMTP with set smtp_url= and set smtp_pass= from within my .muttrc)

Right now I'm stuck with managing mailboxes. I have set folder=~/Mail in .muttrc but although I have sent and received messages (see above) the directoy is still kind of empty:

user@host:~/Mail$ ls -la
total 16
drwx------  2 user user 4096 May 18 11:24 .
drwxr-xr-x 38 user user 4096 May 18 12:12 ..
-rw-------  1 user user 1239 May 18 11:24 outbox
-rw-r--r--  1 user user   35 May 17 18:51 signature

Where can I find my inbox/mbox? Where are the mails, which I see in Mutt, stored? I believe I need an answer to that question before I look into filtering my mail (procmail; haven't looked into it so far).

Can someone help me? Thanks.

I just solved my question. Unfortunately echo $MAIL did not return anything. So I started investigating and found my inbox in /var/spool/mail/user, where user is the inbox file:
user@host:/var/spool/mail$ file user 
user: UTF-8 Unicode text, with very long lines

Last edited by Jean-Luc Besson; 05-18-2015 at 09:52 AM.
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