mail setup in lenny

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Sat Nov 22 13:26:17 EST 2008

I am hoping someone could point me in the right direction.

Using debian lenny, I am trying to collect mail using mutt and 

I found a howto which is for etch which I have used as I cannot find 
any lenny specific howtos on the subject.

This is what I have done.

Installed getmail4 with apt-get

nano ~/.getmail/getmailrc
type = SimplePOP3Retriever
server =
username = my username
 password = my password
type = Mboxrd
path = /var/mail/keith

I login to the debian system with username keith

Now these are the error messages.

Running getmail
error: configuration file /home/keith/.getmail/getmailrc incorrect 
path: specified mbox file /var/keith/Mail does not exist.

If I run mutt I get

/var/Mail/keith no such file or directory

I have not created a .muttrc locally so the lenny defaults should 

I think my problem is to do with the path or lack of a mailbox 
although mutt seems to be looking for one.

Sorry about all this but been at it all day and I think I am digging a 
deeper hole for myself.

I am new at this so please assume I have little knowledge of linux.




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