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  2. Feature Overload
  3. Road Test
  4. Room With A View
  5. Don't Ask
  6. Looking Good, Feeling Better
  7. Three's A Crowd
  8. Reach Out And Touch Someone
  9. Hooking Up
  10. Beep Beep
  11. Webcrawling
By: Vikram Vaswani, (c) Melonfire
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December 04, 2001

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Getting and installing Mutt is a piece of cake, and shouldn't take you more than ten minutes on a good day. First, drop by the official Mutt Web site, http://www.mutt.org/, and pick up a copy of the latest release (currently, version 1.2.5, although, if you're feeling particularly daring, you can road-test the newer 1.3.4 release).

Next, untar the files into your working directory,
$ tar -xzvf mutt-1.2.5i.tar.gz
and start the traditional configure-build-install cycle.

There are a number of interesting options you can configure at compile-time
- type
$ ./configure --help
for a list - but the ones I usually use are the
$ ./configure --enable-pop --enable-imap
options, which set up Mutt to access mail on POP3- and IMAP-compatible servers.

Once the configuration is done and a Makefile generated, it's time to build the program
$ make
and then install it.
$ make install
Unless you've specified an alternate installation path, Mutt (and its ancillary files) should get installed to /usr/local/bin/

You can test your installation by typing in the program name at the command line - Mutt should pop up and display the contents of your mail spool.
$ mutt

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