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Mutt depends on curses according to this here, my discussion with Michael:

@hhh: ssh mutt <--- what is wrong here? trying to run mutt there...
@MichaelMrozek: mutt uses curses, which depends on a lot of terminal manipulation; I imagine it doesn't like being run within ssh like that

The manual has the entry:

ssh [user@]hostname --

How can I run mutt running locally from outside the server without needing to ssh to it and run mutt directly?

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Tried ssh -t? –  jw013 Apr 30 '12 at 17:22
@jw013 That's rather handy. That's probably the right answer –  Michael Mrozek Apr 30 '12 at 17:23

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From man 1 ssh

-t  Force pseudo-tty allocation. This can be used to execute arbitrary
    screen-based programs on a remote machine, which can be very useful,
    e.g. when implementing menu services.  Multiple -t options force tty 
    allocation, even if ssh has no local tty.

Now mutt has a tty to display it's menus on. (You would use -tt if connecting to mutt remotely via a script from cron, for example.)

ssh -t mutt

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@jw013 beat me to it. Again. –  uther Apr 30 '12 at 17:33
Nice catch, thanks, this can probably become quite useful. –  user2362 Apr 30 '12 at 17:37
Suppose now that I would like to save an attachement to my local machine from which I have done the SSH -connection, how would you do that? I noticed that it did it to the -location. Some good ideas? –  user2362 Apr 30 '12 at 17:40
Hmmm, perhaps install the fuse-sshfs package and mount a directory from your local machine onto the system remotely running mutt. –  uther Apr 30 '12 at 17:43
@hhh You realize running ssh command runs the command on the remote machine, right? Your question and the comment here make it sound like you think it's somehow running locally –  Michael Mrozek Apr 30 '12 at 18:21

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