[un]mailboxes [!]filename [ filename ... ]
This command specifies folders which can receive mail and which will be checked for new messages. By default, the main menu status bar displays how many of these folders have new messages.
When changing folders, pressing space will cycle through folders with new mail.
Pressing TAB in the directory browser will bring up a menu showing the files
specified by the
mailboxes command, and indicate which contain new
messages. Mutt will automatically enter this mode when invoked from the
command line with the
The ``unmailboxes'' command is used to remove a token from the list of folders which receive mail. Use ``unmailboxes *'' to remove all tokens.
Note: new mail is detected by comparing the last modification time to
the last access time. Utilities like
frm or any other
program which accesses the mailbox might cause Mutt to never detect new mail
for that mailbox if they do not properly reset the access time. Backup
tools are another common reason for updated access times.
Note: the filenames in the
mailboxes command are resolved when
the command is executed, so if these names contain
shortcut characters (such as ``='' and ``!''), any variable
definition that affect these characters (like
should be executed before the