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I can send emails as root and when I go into mutt as root it connects to gmail's smtp servers but if I am a normal user (in this case Nagios) it does not connect to gmail's smtp server and will try to send it as instead of the account I have set up. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Tried running mutt as nagios with sudo and then it did It only puts the user in the front with user accounts not with root account and only when I use root outside of sudo. – Brad Nov 11 '10 at 20:14

Your description of the problem is highly vague, so I can only estimate that it is something that can be solved by properly setting up ~nagios/.muttrc so that the sender's email address is

my_hdr From: "Name Here" <>

Again this holds if I understand what you're asking.

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