Checking/managing /var/mail with either evolution or something similar

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Thu Jun 9 06:49:37 UTC 2005


On Wed, 2005-06-08 at 17:55 -0500, Charles Malespin wrote:
> Hi all, I am fairly new to linux and I still havent been able to figure
> out how to check and/or manage my var/mail/<usrname> . Is there some way
> that gives you an easier gui than the terminal? If there isnt can
> someone please do a step by step as to how to check and delete etc.
> messages there? I am using gkrellm and I see that I have messages, but I
> have no idea how to access them(if possible through gkrellm....) and the
> more steps the better! Thanks, Charles

One way is to create a local mail account in Evolution. Add an account
and when it asks you what type of account, specify Unix mbox spool (I'm
not sure of the exact wording used) and specify the path of
your /var/mail/<usrname> file, and you will then see your local mail in
Evolution and be able to manipulate it with a GUI.


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