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Re: missing /var/mail

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On 02/03/08 23:30, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 03, 2008 at 06:33:30AM -0800, Daniel Burrows wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 02, 2008 at 11:22:50AM -0500, "Douglas A. Tutty" <dtutty@porchlight.ca> was heard to say:
>>> On Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 09:45:42PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
>>>  > 
>>>>> There are other mailbox formats, most notably Maildir, which store each
>>>>> message in a separate file.  If the system drops while a file is being
>>>>> written and that file's data is lost, then you only lose one message
>>>>> instead of the whole mailbox.
>>>> That's exactly what I meant
>>> OK.  With stock Debian's exim4 and mutt, how do I switch from mbox to
>>> maildir?  I assume that once I do, the user's interaction with the mail
>>> from within Mutt will look the same?
>>   I believe that if you dpkg-reconfigure exim, you get a prompt asking
>> whether to use Maildir.
> Thanks,
> Its been quite easy.  dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config, choose maildir.
> Add MAIL=/home/$USER/Maildir to /etc/bash.bashrc so that mutt picks it
> up.
> One question:  Is there a way for bash to check Maildir for new mail or
> should I just disable its check alltogether?  It is misleading for it to
> say "no mail".  I also have been in the habit of using "from -c"; is
> there a Maildir equivalent?  I also see from the mutt man page that it
> refers one to the maildir(5) man page which I can't find.

It should be in courier-base.  Might also be in somewhere in dovecot.

> Ok, another question.
> All our saved messages are in mbox format.  In the future, can mutt save
> messages to Maildir directories instead of mbox files?

Isn't that a configuration option within Mutt?  It's configurable in
Tbird, Evo, KMail, Lookout, etc.

>                                                           Is there a
> conversion program?


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