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I'm trying to send an email using mutt like this:

echo 1.txt | mutt my_email@gmail.com -s Hello -a file.tar.bz2

It's getting no error, but I didn't receive the email. What's the problem?

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Assuming that you are using a local smtp server, have you checked the maillog? If that is the case, please post some of the log...

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    I'll be thankful if you tell me where can I find the log. – Sina May 10 '12 at 19:14
  • There are 2 logs that could be relevant: /var/log/mail.log and /var/log/mail.err It sounds thought that you don't have a mail server setup on your machine, did you configure mutt for a Gmail account? – Mordoc May 10 '12 at 20:47
  • If you haven't set Mutt up for Gmail use, here's a great guide on the setup required: lifehacker.com/5574557/… – Mordoc May 10 '12 at 20:51
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Try launching mutt with debug level 1 with the command: mutt -d 1

I solved my problem this way (the certificate couldn't be saved, and mutt was silently not sending emails).

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  • Why does it actually put the message into /var/mail/ instead of sending it to the destination? – IgorGanapolsky Sep 9 '16 at 17:38
  • Yes, mutt -d 1 is really useful, especially after setup .muttrc file (refer to unix.stackexchange.com/questions/451259/…, the password should be application access password) and gmail application-specific password (refer to unix.stackexchange.com/questions/226936/…), then run only with mutt -d 1 able to observe if the certificate downloading good or not, it will ask you to confirm save if success, after certificate saved you will see pulling emails from gmail happen – Lampard Aug 12 '20 at 18:27

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