Introduction to Mutt

The Mutt package contains a Mail User Agent. This is useful for reading, writing, replying to, saving, and deleting your email.

Package Information

Mutt Dependencies


GnuPG-1.4.1, ispell-3.2.06.epa7, MIT krb5-1.4.1 or Heimdal-0.7, Cyrus SASL-2.1.21, OpenSSL-0.9.7g, slang-1.4.9 and GDB

Installation of Mutt

Mutt requires a group named mail. You can add this group, if it does not exist, with this command:

groupadd -g 34 mail

If you did not install a MTA, such as Postfix-2.2.5 or Sendmail-8.13.4, you need to modify the ownership of /var/mail with this command:

chgrp -v mail /var/mail

Install Mutt by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --enable-pop --enable-imap &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-pop: This switch enables POP3 support.

--enable-imap: This switch enables IMAP support.

Configuring Mutt

Config Files

/etc/Muttrc, ~/.muttrc, /etc/mime.types, ~/.mime.types

Configuration Information

No changes in these files are necessary to begin using Mutt. When you are ready to make changes, the man page for muttrc is a good starting place.

In order to utilize GnuPG, use the following command:

cat /usr/share/doc/mutt/samples/gpg.rc >> ~/.muttrc


Installed Programs: flea, mutt, mutt_dotlock, muttbug, pgpring, and pgpwrap
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/doc/mutt

Short Descriptions


is a bug submitter for Mutt.


is a Mail User Agent (MUA) which enables you to read, write and delete your email.


implements the mail spool file lock.


is a script that executes flea.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600