mutt with no arguments will make Mutt attempt to read your spool
mailbox. However, it is possible to read other mailboxes and
to send messages from the command line as well.
-A expand an alias -a attach a file to a message -b specify a blind carbon-copy (BCC) address -c specify a carbon-copy (Cc) address -e specify a config command to be run after initilization files are read -f specify a mailbox to load -F specify an alternate file to read initialization commands -h print help on command line options -H specify a draft file from which to read a header and body -i specify a file to include in a message composition -m specify a default mailbox type -n do not read the system Muttrc -p recall a postponed message -Q query a configuration variable -R open mailbox in read-only mode -s specify a subject (enclose in quotes if it contains spaces) -v show version number and compile-time definitions -x simulate the mailx(1) compose mode -y show a menu containing the files specified by the mailboxes command -z exit immediately if there are no messages in the mailbox -Z open the first folder with new message,exit immediately if none
To read messages in a mailbox
mutt [ -nz ] [ -F muttrc ] [ -m type ] [ -f mailbox ]
To compose a new message
mutt [ -n ] [ -F muttrc ] [ -a file ] [ -c address ] [ -i filename ] [ -s subject ] address [ address ... ]
Mutt also supports a ``batch'' mode to send prepared messages. Simply redirect input from the file you wish to send. For example,
mutt -s "data set for run #2" email@example.com
This command will send a message to ``firstname.lastname@example.org'' with a subject of ``data set for run #2''. In the body of the message will be the contents of the file ``~/run2.dat''.