How to read local mail in Thunderbird?

Randall A. Jones rajones at
Thu Jan 20 14:31:56 UTC 2005

Gustavo Seabra wrote:

> Hi,
> How can I make Thunderbird read my local mail from /var/spool/mail? I 
> tried pointing the "Local Folders" folder to /var/spool/mail but it 
> didn't work. Any other ideas?

I think what you want is "Movemail".
Try Edit->Account Settings->Add Account  to get the new account window.
Choose "Movemail" from the list and continue the configuration with your 
name, account, other settings.
When you "Get Mail" it should look in /var/spool/mail on your system 
(localhost) for your mail file.


Randall Jones     GST      NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
HPC Visualization Support
Scientific Visualization Studio
rajones at      Code 610.3      301-286-2239

More information about the users mailing list