I have recently seen that my entire mailbox with mutt has suddenly disappeared. I don't know how to backup, if it is possible ?

I am on Linux Debian 10.

The sent file of all mails sent has not disappeared, that's weird.

Maybe there are traces of this removing into files /var/log/mail* ?

If someone could know what's happened.


If your lucky, it's an update of default configuration. To confirm it, list directories in your /var/mail You should find a directory for a domain, then a directory for your user like: user@domain.tld > /var/mail/domain.tld/user/ A mail directory should have at least directories : cur, new, tmp Each file in thoses directories are a single mail.

Check into your ~/.muttrc (if it exist) to define where your mail are stored. https://wiki.debian.org/Mutt like:

set mbox_type=maildir
set mbox="~/mail/inbox/"
set spoolfile="~/mail/inbox/"
set folder="~/mail/"
set record="~/mail/sent/"
set postponed="~/mail/postponed/"

If your mails are into /var/mail/domain.tld/user/ use something like this on your .muttrc file

set mbox_type=maildir
set mbox="/var/mail/domain.tld/user/inbox/"
set spoolfile="/var/mail/domain.tld/user/inbox/"
set folder="/var/mail/domain.tld/user/"
set record="/var/mail/domain.tld/user/sent/"
set postponed="/var/mail/domain.tld/user/postponed/"

You can backup the directory with your mailbox, using borg or other software: https://github.com/kahun/awesome-sysadmin#backups

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