Mutt not seeing new mail at all

Chris G cl at
Fri Dec 19 17:52:41 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 07:20:58PM +0200, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 02:47:01PM +0000, Chris G wrote:
> > I'm running mutt 1.5.18 in ubuntu 8.10 and it's not seeing new mail at
> > all. That is the status line is not reporting new mail when it arrives
> > and 'c' doesn't move me to folders with new mail in them.
> > 
> > I've never had this problem before with mutt on a variety of platforms
> > (slackware, fedora, bsd, solaris) and I can't see anything obvious
> > wrong.
> > 
> > Should mutt work correctly with mbox mailbox files on Ubuntu or has
> > Ubuntu done something wierd that stops it working?
> This can be explained if you store your folders in mbox format on a
> filesystem what's mounted with 'noatime'.
> You can check by typing 'mount' in a terminal, or by looking in
> /etc/fstab.
> To get mutt to notice new mail, you'll either have to switch to maildir
> format, or change the mount options to 'relatime' instead of 'noatime'.
No, that's not it:-

    /dev/sdb1 on /home type ext3 (rw,relatime)

Chris Green

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