Unfortunately this can be a problem with Mutt and its use of
gnutls, as can be seen from the Mutt mailing lists, however there are some solutions.
It is worth removing the header files from
.mutt/cache/headers because they can sometimes cause problems. I also note that in your
.muttrc you do not have a
mailboxes line. I use gmail in
Mutt and have the following in my
.muttrc (though yours may differ):
mailboxes +INBOX +archive +sent +drafts +spam +trash
I mention this because at Launchpad this error was discussed and someone mentioned that specifying only the correct mailboxes solved his problem.
.muttrc to mine in general reveals no other differences, and
Mutt and gmail are working for me with almost identical settings.
However, if these suggestions do not solve your problem, it is possible to build
Mutt from source and ensure that you build it with
openssl support, so you can use
openssl instead of
gnutls. I note that in your second Pastebin, your Mutt has indeed been built with
gnutls, as your debug reveals:
- means without that attribute and
+ means with that attribute.
So, before we start building, purge the currently installed
sudo apt-get purge mutt
and then get the dependencies with
sudo apt-get build-dep mutt
It is fine to use
build-dep here as the latest version of
mutt (at this time of writing) doesn't require any newer libraries than those fetched with
You will also need to make sure you enter:
sudo apt-get install openssl libsasl2-modules libssl-dev libssl1.0.0
Now download the latest source code from the official site (which is 1.5.21 at time of writing) and then verify the appropriate gpg signature, and
cd to the downloaded file and unpack the source code with
tar xzvf mutt-1.5.21.tar.gz
Then pass these extra options to
configure (we need to include the other options as well as
smtp support and other things are not compiled in by default):
./configure --enable-pop --enable-imap --enable-smtp --with-ssl --enable-hcache --with-gss --with-sasl --enable-debug --enable-gpgme
Then proceed to build and then install the program with
sudo make install or sudo checkinstall
The build only takes a few moments and it should allow you to use
Mutt again. It is probably a good idea to clear the header cache (as I detailed much further above) before you run the new program. It will use ssl automatically as there is now no tls support built in.
A screenshot from the newly compiled program (showing some older, non-personal emails):