Using mutt and postfix (was: Thanks to Todd Slater & Brian McKee)

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Sun Sep 10 12:44:59 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-09-10 at 19:48 +0100, Gabriel M Dragffy wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-09-10 at 12:02 +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:
> > postfix is a mail transport agent, that is it runs in the background and
> > looks after delivering any outgoing mail and will also deal with any
> > mail coming into your system and deliver it to you mailbox. Alternative
> > to postfix are sendmail, exim and others. postfix is the choice for
> > Ubuntu probably because it is reasonably straight forward to configure.
> Ah thanks, that's a pretty comprehensive reply, thanks. Still one thing
> though: if one wishes to use mutt does one also require postfix or
> something similar? Basically I have a email address and I can
> get to my emails using pop or web-based. Can I just fire up mutt and get
> in to it?

For getting your mail, you will need to configure mutt to use your POP3
account by editing the .muttrc file. I would read the man page for both
mutt and muttrc before attempting to change anything.

To send mail, mutt needs a transport agent sucj as postfix. You will
need to configure postfix to send all mail to your ISP's mail router. I
think when you install postfix, it asks you how you want it configured.Y
You need the option that says you are a client sending to a smart host,
or something similar. I can't quite remember the wording.

I've cc'd this to the list in case anyon else wants to chip in with
better information.

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