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Using Pine with CSAIL IMAP

(Note that the Pine installed on by default on CSAIL Debian is already configured for use with our mail server and should not require any further configuration.)

Pine works well with the CSAIL IMAP service. To get it running, simply use the lines below in your ~/.pinerc file. Make sure to substitute your username for SPONGEBOB, unless that happens to be your username.

inbox-path={}inbox default-fcc={}inbox.Sent

The following might also be helpful as it cleans up the appearance of your list of folders.

separate-folder-and-directory-entries quell-empty-directories

Once you start pine and authenticate to the server go to the Main Menu and select Setup. Go to 'collectionList' and you should see something like the following:

Nickname : Server : Path : View :

Fill in the fields above to create a new Folder Collection. Use "^G" command to get help specific help for each item, and use "^X" when finished.

Nickname should be some text to distinguish these folders from others you might have, and Server is the incoming IMAP server:

Nickname : CSAIL IMAP folders Server : Path : View :

After you exit and save, you should see all of your folders from the IMAP server appear under your Folder List.

If you are not using the CSAIL Debian distribution, you may need to do the following to get pine/alpine to work:

1. add "/norsh" at the end of the server address in the configuration file in order to prevent pine from trying to use rsh before using imap. without this option, pine hangs for 30 sec for each operation.

2. to avoid having to type your password every time, touch .pine-passfile in your home directory (and let alpine do the rest).

3. in the configuration interface, set the outgoing server to
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Topic revision: 16 Dec 2008, koch

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