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Old 10-22-2005, 08:13 PM   #1
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Use Thunderbird to check local mail?

I would like to use Thunderbird to check my local system mail. I'm using Debian Sarge and when the Exim post config rolled around, I left everyting at default and selected "Local mail only".

How can I set up an account with Thunderbird so that I can check this local mail? I've tried using things like username@localhost, pop=localhost, pop=, etc. I've searched around but couldn't find anything for this.

Old 10-23-2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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I think you have to use movemail
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Old 10-23-2005, 01:33 PM   #3
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Oh wow it worked! It was easy too. I didn't quite find what I needed on the page you linked to, but I did a quick search and found this:

Reading through this message you can figure out what to do. I just didn't know about MoveMail at all.

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Old 10-23-2005, 01:56 PM   #4
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Just a qustion.

What is korn used for?

I is also used for System mail.
Old 09-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #5
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Seven years later and this thread still helped me out!
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solution is to install GNU mailutils/movemail and add a movemail account to thunderbird

Seven years later, it helped me out too.

I had to separately install a Ubuntu package called 'mailutils' which includes an executable called 'movemail'.
Once done, Thunderbird started offering the 'movemail' option for a local mail-accont.

Still dismaying to find out that Thunderbird can't support a simple concept like a local file folder for incoming email out of the box.

Last edited by benteveo; 11-11-2012 at 02:25 AM. Reason: correct package name


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