Introduction to Mutt

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

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.7 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (FTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 11f5b6a3eeba1afa1257fe93c9f26bff

  • Download size: 3.7 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 36 MB (plus a further 8MB for the PDF manual)

  • Estimated build time: 0.7 SBU (plus a further 0.2SBU to regenerate the html if the required dependencies are present, and 0.2 SBU to build the PDF manual)

Additional Downloads

Mutt Dependencies


Aspell-, Cyrus SASL-2.1.26, GDB-7.9, GnuPG-2.0.26, GPGME-1.5.3, libgssapi, libidn-1.29, MIT Kerberos V5-1.13.1, Mixmaster, an MTA (that provides a sendmail command), S-Lang-2.2.4, OpenSSL-1.0.2 or GnuTLS-3.3.12, Berkeley DB-6.1.19 or QDBM or Tokyo Cabinet

Optional (To Regenerate HTML Documentation)

libxslt-1.1.28 and either Lynx-2.8.8rel.2, w3m-0.5.3, or ELinks

Optional (To Generate PDF Manual)

docbook-dsssl-1.79, OpenJade-1.3.2, and texlive-20140525 (or install-tl-unx)

User Notes:

Installation of Mutt



This version of Mutt is a development release. The BLFS editors have determined that it provides a stable program and fixes two issues in the current stable version of Mutt: a segmentation fault that occurs under certain conditions and a compilation problem when building with recent versions of GCC. To find the current stable release, please refer to the Mutt home page.

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 an MTA, you need to modify the ownership of /var/mail with this command:

chgrp -v mail /var/mail

Install Mutt by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../mutt-1.5.23-upstream_fixes-1.patch &&
./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --with-docdir=/usr/share/doc/mutt-1.5.23 \
            --enable-pop      \
            --enable-imap     \
            --enable-hcache   \
            --without-qdbm    \
            --with-gdbm       \
            --without-bdb     \
            --without-tokyocabinet &&

To generate the PDF manual with texlive-20140525, run the following command:

make -C doc manual.pdf

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

If you generated the PDF manual, install it and the source TeX file by issuing the following command as the root user:

install -v -m644 doc/manual.{pdf,tex} \

Command Explanations

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

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

--enable-hcache: This switch enables header caching.

--without-qdbm: This switch disables QDBM as the header cache backend.

--without-tokyocabinet: This switch disables Tokyo Cabinet as the header cache backend.

--with-gdbm: This switch enables GDBM as the header cache backend.

--without-bdb: This switch disables Berkeley DB as the header cache backend.

--enable-smtp: This switch enables SMTP relay support.

--with-ssl: This parameter adds SSL/TLS support from OpenSSL-1.0.2 in POP3/IMAP/SMTP if they are enabled.

--with-sasl: This parameter adds authentication support from Cyrus SASL-2.1.26 in POP3/IMAP/SMTP if they are enabled. Depending on the server configuration, this may not be needed for POP3 or IMAP. However, it is needed for SMTP authentication.

--with-slang: Use S-Lang instead of Ncurses.

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-1.5.23/samples/gpg.rc >> ~/.muttrc


Installed Programs: flea, mutt, mutt_dotlock, muttbug, pgpewrap, pgpring, and smime_keys
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/doc/mutt-1.5.23

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.


prepares a command line for the GnuPG-2.0.26 utilities.


is a key ring dumper for PGP. It is not needed for GnuPG-2.0.26.


manages a keystore for S/MIME certificates.

Last updated on 2015-03-01 17:45:33 -0800