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Using mutt to read root mail with qmail

I use qmail on all my internal linux boxes, with mailboxes using the Maildir format.

I use mutt to read mail locally but mutt is not configured to use the Maildir format "out-of-the-box".

I found this guide useful, but it still doesn't quite work with qmail because qmail doesn't deliver mail to super-users (e.g. root). Typically, root mail is delivered to the alias user by creating a .qmail-root file in the alias user's home directory.

So, to tell mutt about this I added the following lines to ~root/.muttrc:

set folder="~alias/Maildir/"
set spoolfile="~alias/Maildir/"

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