Can email be shared between POP3 and shell account access?

Edgar Pettijohn III edgar at
Fri May 22 00:21:41 UTC 2015

On May 21, 2015, at 9:25 AM, Steve Matzura wrote:

> I needed to receive a message to admin at I waited and
> waited for it, but it never showed up in the admin mailbox on the
> machine. So I looked for the admin account in
> /etc/dovecot.passwd, and there it was, plain-text password and all! I
> set up a retrieval system for the admin POP3 account and got all the
> messages I was waiting for, not to mention about 20 that I wasn't,
> which were obviously old and discardable. This got me to thinking, is
> it possible to have an account accessible not just via POP3 from the
> ouside, but through mail/mailx on the inside, and if so, how is that
> set up?

If you have root or sudo then all you need is mutt.

# mutt -f /path/to/Maildir

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