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I have a local development environment that is sending email to the mbox file at /var/mail/myusername.

I can successfully view those emails with the command line mail program, but I'm looking for a way to read the emails graphically (they contain HTML).

I've read the article at:, but I've also read that this method does not work in Snow Leopard (10.6) because no longer uses standard mbox files, but rather has it's own format based on sqlite.

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An easier approach would be to use the mutt command line client that will natively access /var/mail/[username] without having to take extra steps for conversions and forwarding.

This is easy with MacPorts:

$ sudo port install mutt
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You can convert the mbox format to a maildir format and use the hint in the article you mentioned. Or have the emails forwared to another email address.

Some links that might help:

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Either forward your mail to your a GMail account, or install an IMAP server through Homebrew. Dovecot is a reliable, lightweight LDAP server which should work for this purpose.

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