While I can send and receive e-mails with Amazon as root, I can't seem to do the same on my local system. Both are xenial 16.04, so shouldn't be that different.

On Amazon, as root, I can launch alpine to ready system messages. Even when I gain a root shell on my local system, and change the working directory, alpine uses the .pinerc config file from /home/thufir/.pinerc for reasons beyond me.

How can I configure my local computer to read system e-mails with alpine instead of of the mail command? The mail command comes from mailutils which uses postfix; both remote (Amazon) and local systems have different FQDN's registered through www.no-ip.com free service.

  • askubuntu.com/questions/2261/…? – muru Jan 10 '17 at 6:11
  • maybe. perhaps if I run postfix config as suggested in one of the answers it will automagically fix itself? Not sure I'll get at it right now, but will do. Thanks. – Thufir Jan 10 '17 at 6:15

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