mutt Command: Tutorial & Examples
A text-based mail client
mutt command in Linux is a small but very powerful text-based mail client for Unix
operating systems. It is highly configurable, and is well suited to the mail power user with advanced features like key
bindings, keyboard macros, mail threading, MIME and various features for handling mail.
Importance of the
Emails are an essential part of the modern-day communication, and
mutt provides a swift and efficient way to handle
mails directly from your shell. It is especially useful when working on Linux servers where a
graphical user interface is not available.
How does it work?
Typical Problems and Solutions using
Common issues like reading multiple mails, sending mails to multiple recipients and attaching files while sending mails
can be easily handled with
Examples of the
mutt -s "Test Mail" firstname.lastname@example.org < /dev/null
This command will send an empty email to email@example.com with the subject "Test Mail".
echo "Message Body" | mutt -s "Subject" -a "/path/to/file.to.attach" -- firstname.lastname@example.org
This command will send an email to email@example.com with the specified subject, message body and an attachment.
mutt command Parameters
-s : Used to specify the subject of the mail.
-a : Used to attach files to the mail.
-- : Used to specify the end of options and the start of recipients.
Typical output of the
mutt command in the console doesn't show much, unless there's an issue with sending the email or
if the configuration is set to display a success message. In case of an issue, you might see an error message like:
"Error sending message, child exited 67 (User unknown.)"
This means that the user you're trying to send an email to doesn't exist.
mutt command is a powerful tool for managing emails directly from the shell on your Linux
server. It's configurable and supports advanced features that can streamline your email management tasks.