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Using and Configuring Email


Console based email clients .. mail - a very old email client .. elm - an old version of mutt .. mutt - .. pine - the old version of alpine, not utf8 .. alpine - good imap support, used by linus ..





@@ http://wiki.fastmail.fm/index.php?title=ConfiguringPine Information about configuring the alpine email client with 'fastmail', a webmail service provider.

* a comand line which more or less converts 'yahoo.csv' address format to pine

 awk -F, '{print $1 "\t" $1 " " $3 "\t" $5}' addressbook.csv | tr -d '"' | sed 's/^\s*//;s/\s*$//' | grep -v '^,$' | grep -v '^ *$' > pine-addresses.txt

The operative word is more or less. This was run on an export for fastmail.fm with the 'yahoo.csv' export option.


LOGIN ....

* to login without having to type a password for the email server

 cd ~; vim .pine-passfile (save quit); alpine

when you log in to the email server the next time you will have th option of saving the password to disk, also when you compose a new.



Alpine is a 'console' based email and news (nntp) client created by the University of Washington. Pine was the old version of this program. Pine may be the 'vi' or 'vim' of the email world. There seems a surprising dearth of good help pages on the www.

@@ http://www.ii.com/internet/messaging/pine/ lots of information about pine or alpine

* start up pine or alpine sending a message to the given addresses

 echo 'j@remote.org b@here.net' | alpine  

* start up pine sending a message to 'j@here.net' with file 't.doc' attached

 alpine -attach t.doc j@here.net

* attach a list of files to an email message to 'j@here.net'

 pine -attachlist t.doc j@here.net