Checking system mail with Evolution

Evolution can be used to check your system mail.

  1. In Evolution, Edit – Preferences – Mail Accounts and press the “Add” button. The mail configuration wizard launches. Press “Continue”.
  2. Write your name in the “Full name” field and type user@localhost in the “Email address” field (using your username). Press “Continue”.
  3. In “Server Type” choose “Standard Unix mbox spool file”. In “Spool File” press the button and choose /var/spool/mail/user (using your username). This file will only exist if you have already received local system mail; if not, create it for Evolution’s sake with (as root) touch /var/spool/mail/user and chown user:mail /var/spool/mail/user. Again, replace “user” with your username. Press “Continue”.
  4. Check “Check for new messages every x minutes” and “Apply filters to new messages in inbox”. Press “Continue”.
  5. In “Server Type” choose “Sendmail”. Press “Continue”.
  6. In the “Name” field type a name of your own choice like “System mail”. Press “Continue”, then “Apply”. The wizard closes. Close the preferences window.
  7. Edit – Message Filters – Incoming – Add. Create a filter that moves mail from source account user@localhost to your preferred email folder. Press “OK” and close the message filters window with “OK”.

You might want to use mailx to help test your setup.

These notes refer to Evolution 3.10 and were last updated 19 November 2014.


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