Postfix, Mutt And No Root Mail?

Brian Fahrlander brian at
Thu Aug 30 16:25:09 UTC 2007

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Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I no longer get root mail since upgrading to Feisty
> using Postfix default installation and installing
> Mutt(not auto installed).
> Have tried dpkg-reconfigure Postfix a couple of times
> using "local" and "network"(I think, the last choise
> anyway) with no joy.  Running Mutt as user assigned to
> receive root mail says "/var/mail/<user> is not a
> mailbox."  In the past with several versions of Debian
> and Ubuntu versions, the default setups have always
> given me "root Mail" but not now and I don't know much
> about Linux mail systems. I use Yahoo web mail for all
> personal email so I don't think I really need Postfix
> but would still like to get root mail.  Any
> suggestions on how to fix is appreciated?
> Leonard Chatagnier
> lenc5570 at

    As root (go through the sudo -i process) create a file called
/root/.forward containing the address to which you want root's mail sent.


    Edit /etc/aliases to add:  root:   myname at

    I've seen the arguments for using both, actually; it's not a bad idea...
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