Where does the real name come from?



If I say …

… the From: in the arriving name shows my real name (e.g. “Joe Doe”).

The system variable $realname is not set (checked with “set” command).
"~.muttrc" doesn’t have "set realname=“Joe Doe”.

Where does this name come from?



My guess is it comes from your local username. Try

and see what happens (change $your_username to the DreamHost ID you use to ssh into your account.) One of the fields in /etc/passwd is the real name of the account.


Yes, you were right!
Changing the real name in the DH web interface for my user made /etc/passwd change and also what mutt takes as default real name.