I am a server administrator and want to be able to read emails (stored by EXIM in the "Maildir" format) in various accounts in a convenient, email client manner, without needing to enter a password. This would be done from a root command line. From what I have seen, "Mutt" will be able to access the various emails stored in the Maildir format, but I am unsure if I will need a password for each email account. I do not want to install Mutt on the server only to find out I will need the password for each account.

Since I did not get any prompt responses, I went ahead and installed Mutt on my server. Indeed, as root I can access all the various mail accounts on the server without needing any passwords. Since most published information about Mutt addresses single, non root account access, they show a password being needed. In my circumstances, a password is not required. This allows me to assist my clients, and perform various email account housecleaning tasks easier than other ways which do not have any GUI.

  • where are these emails? on the local filesystem? elsewhere via some protocol?
    – thrig
    Mar 27, 2018 at 23:16
  • The emails are on the local server saved in the maildir structure, the same server I would be using to run "mutt" from. An alternative program generally avaiable to be run from the command line would also meet my requirements.
    – Mike
    Mar 28, 2018 at 0:35
  • Rewritten to be clearer and more complete.
    – Mike
    Mar 28, 2018 at 21:21
  • Please re-open this question. I have tried to fully explain the issue I am trying to get answered.
    – Mike
    Mar 30, 2018 at 15:35

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No, I don't see why you should need account id or password, wenn the maildir is already provided by an external program. The integration of local maildirs in mutt is well documented.

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