How can I creat a mialbox for Mutt?

YangPeng Ou ouyan498 at
Sat Jan 21 05:58:40 UTC 2006

Although I have not configured mutt to work well yet,
but with the help of your HOWTO MAIL, I solved the problem I faced previously.
Thank you from my heart.

>From: Bas van Gils <basvg at>
>Reply-To: Ubuntu Help and User Discussions <ubuntu-users at>
>To: ubuntu-users at
>Subject: Re: How can I creat a mialbox for Mutt?
>Date:Fri, 20 Jan 2006 08:32:11 +0100
>On Thu, Jan 19, 2006 at 03:09:32PM +0800, YangPeng Ou wrote:
> > I install the Mutt on my computer with Ubuntu Breezy yesteday.  When I open
> > it first ( $mutt), the program ask me for whether I creat directory Mail, I
> > agree. However, the program report that there is no /var/mail/p
> > exiting(error2) So I creat a directory /var/mail/p, and open Mutt again, but
> > it report /var/mail/p is not a mailbox...  How can I deal with it?
> Hi,
> as others have explained on this list already, /var/mail is not a place you
> want to tinker with as a regular user. There are several reasons for this,
> which are not very interesting for the time being. The thing to remember is:
> mutt looks at /var/mail/ by default untill you tell it to look elsewhere.
> Now we come to the issue of configuring mutt. Seth's post (with message id
> <ead5210f0601190010ib89a512ud21f57511cd8fd1 at>) can help you with
> that. You probably also want to figure out how to use a mail fetching tool
> (such as fetchmail) to actually get mail to your machine. I know from
> experience that this can be tricky if you have to figure it all out for the
> first time. I've written a small howto for configuring mutt with fetchmail and
> maildrop (and also gnuput):
> Perhaps this 'll help you get started.
> Good luck,
>   Bas
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