mutt disallows deletion of message with error “Mailbox is read-only” in WSL


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MAIL in .bashrc is set thus:

MAIL=/var/spool/mail/Tryer && export MAIL

fetchmail and mutt commands work fine and display any new message received. However, on trying to delete a message in mutt, I get an error that states: Mailbox is read-only.

I tried to follow the steps specified in an old question along same lines available here.

The output is as follows:

:~$ ls -ld /var/mail
drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4096 Sep 18 21:59 /var/mail

The solution there seemed to suggest that the user Tryer should be added to group vmail. However, the above output does not indicate any vmail group. It only specified the root. It is not clear to me whether I should add user Tryer to root group.


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