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Pine Configuration

Pine Setup & Configuration

To set customized options and features:

  1. From the main pine menu, select:
    S - Setup

  2. You will receive the following prompt:
    "Choose a setup task from the menu below: "

  3. Select:
    C - Config

  4. The Configuration Setup Menu will appear.

    personal-name = 
    user-domain = 
    smtp-server = 
    nntp-server = 
    inbox-path = 
    folder-collections = 
    news-collections =  
    incoming-archive-folders = 
    pruned-folders = 
    default-fcc = 
    default-saved-msg-folder = 
    postponed-folder = 
    read-message-folder = 
    signature-file = 
    global-address-book = 
    address-book =  
    feature-list = 
    
                Set        Feature Name
                ---   ----------------------
                [ ]  allow-talk                            
                [ ]  assume-slow-link                      
                [ ]  auto-move-read-msgs                   
                [ ]  auto-open-next-unread                 
                [ ]  auto-zoom-after-select                
                [ ]  auto-unzoom-after-apply               
                [ ]  compose-cut-from-cursor               
                [ ]  compose-maps-delete-key-to-ctrl-d     
                [ ]  compose-rejects-unqualified-addrs     
                [ ]  compose-send-offers-first-filter      
                [ ]  compose-sets-newsgroup-without-confirm
                [ ]  delete-skips-deleted                  
                [ ]  disable-keymenu                       
                [ ]  enable-8bit-esmtp-negotiation         
                [ ]  enable-8bit-nntp-posting              
                [ ]  enable-aggregate-command-set          
                [ ]  enable-alternate-editor-cmd           
                [ ]  enable-alternate-editor-implicitly    
                [ ]  enable-background-sending             
                [ ]  enable-bounce-cmd                     
                [ ]  enable-cruise-mode                    
                [ ]  enable-cruise-mode-delete             
                [ ]  enable-dot-files                      
                [ ]  enable-dot-folders                    
                [ ]  enable-flag-cmd                       
                [ ]  enable-flag-screen-implicitly         
                [ ]  enable-full-header-cmd                
                [ ]  enable-goto-in-file-browser           
                [ ]  enable-incoming-folders               
                [ ]  enable-jump-shortcut                  
                [ ]  enablemail-check-cue                 
                [ ]  enable-mouse-in-xterm                 
                [ ]  enable-newmail-in-xterm-icon          
                [ ]  enable-suspend                        
                [ ]  enable-tab-completion                 
                [ ]  enable-unix-pipe-cmd                  
                [ ]  enable-verbose-smtp-posting           
                [ ]  expanded-view-of-addressbooks         
                [ ]  expanded-view-of-distribution-lists   
                [ ]  expanded-view-of-folders              
                [ ]  expunge-without-confirm               
                [ ]  fcc-on-bounce                         
                [ ]  include-attachments-in-reply          
                [ ]  include-header-in-reply               
                [ ]  include-text-in-reply                 
                [ ]  news-approximates-new-status          
                [ ]  news-post-without-validation          
                [ ]  news-read-in-newsrc-order             
                [ ]  pass-control-characters-as-is         
                [ ]  preserve-start-stop-characters        
                [ ]  print-offers-custom-cmd-prompt        
                [ ]  print-includes-from-line              
                [ ]  print-index-enabled                   
                [ ]  print-formfeed-between-messages       
                [ ]  quell-dead-letter-on-cancel           
                [ ]  quell-lock-failure-warnings           
                [ ]  quell-status-message-beeping          
                [ ]  quell-user-lookup-in-passwd-file      
                [ ]  quit-without-confirm                  
                [ ]  reply-always-uses-reply-to            
                [ ]  save-will-quote-leading-froms         
                [ ]  save-will-not-delete                  
                [ ]  save-will-advance                     
                [ ]  select-without-confirm                
                [ ]  show-cursor                           
                [ ]  show-selected-in-boldface             
                [ ]  signature-at-bottom                   
                [ ]  single-column-folder-list             
                [ ]  tab-visits-next-new-message-only      
                [ ]  use-current-dir                       
                [ ]  use-sender-not-x-sender               
                [ ]  use-subshell-for-suspend              
    
    initial-keystroke-list =
    default-composer-hdrs =
    customized-hdrs =
    viewer-hdrs =
    saved-msg-name-rule =
                Set       Rule Values
                ---   ----------------------
                ( )  by-from                      
                ( )  by-nick-of-from              
                ( )  by-nick-of-from-then-from    
                ( )  by-fcc-of-from               
                ( )  by-fcc-of-from-then-from     
                ( )  by-sender                    
                ( )  by-nick-of-sender            
                ( )  by-nick-of-sender-then-sender
                ( )  by-fcc-of-sender             
                ( )  by-fcc-of-sender-then-sender 
                ( )  by-recipient                 
                ( )  by-nick-of-recip             
                ( )  by-nick-of-recip-then-recip  
                ( )  by-fcc-of-recip              
                ( )  by-fcc-of-recip-then-recip   
                ( )  last-folder-used             
                (*)  default-folder               
    
    fcc-name-rule =
                Set       Rule Values
                ---   ----------------------
                (*)  default-fcc       
                ( )  last-fcc-used     
                ( )  by-recipient      
                ( )  by-nickname       
                ( )  by-nick-then-recip
                ( )  current-folder    
    
    sort-key =
                Set       Sort Options
                ---   ----------------------
                ( )  Date               
                (*)  Arrival            
                ( )  From               
                ( )  Subject            
                ( )  OrderedSubj        
                ( )  To                 
                ( )  Cc                 
                ( )  siZe               
                ( )  Reverse Date       
                ( )  Reverse Arrival    
                ( )  Reverse From       
                ( )  Reverse Subject    
                ( )  Reverse OrderedSubj
                ( )  Reverse To         
                ( )  Reverse Cc         
                ( )  Reverse siZe       
    
    addrbook-sort-rule =
                Set       Rule Values
                ---   ----------------------
                (*)  fullname-with-lists-last
                ( )  fullname                
                ( )  nickname-with-lists-last
                ( )  nickname                
                ( )  dont-sort               
    
    goto-default-rule =
                Set       Rule Values
                ---   ----------------------
                (*)  inbox-or-folder-in-recent-collection
                ( )  inbox-or-folder-in-first-collection 
                ( )  most-recent-folder                  
    
    character-set =
    editor =
    speller =
    composer-wrap-column =
    reply-indent-string = ">
    empty-header-message =
    image-viewer =
    use-only-domain-name = No
    display-filters =
    sending-filters =
    alt-addresses =
    addressbook-formats =
    index-format =
    viewer-overlap =
    scroll-margin =
    status-message-delay =
    mail-check-interval =
    newsrc-path =
    news-active-file-path =
    news-spool-directory =
    upload-command =
    upload-command-prefix =
    download-command =
    download-command-prefix =
    mailcap-search-path =
    mimetype-search-path =

     

  • Features which you can select with an "X" are yes/no (on/off) features. The default is "no" which is represented by empty [ ] brackets.

  • If you are asked to set an option with an * (asterisk), it means that you may select one of a number of choices.

  • <No Value Set> means that a particular option requires special text to change from the default setting.

Using Pine, the Mailer

To start up Pine from the UNIX system prompt, type pine. Pine's main menu -- a list of commands (all single-letter) -- will appear. Type the appropriate letter, or use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight the command, and then press < Enter >.

Quick Instructions

  • To read new incoming mail: Type the letter i for the index of messages in your current folder. By default, when Pine starts up, the current folder is Inbox, the folder containing your new incoming messages. Use the arrow keys to highlight a message, and press < Enter > to open it.
  • To compose and send a message: Type the letter c. A blank message form will open. Type your entries on the message header lines (To, Cc, Subject), using the arrow keys to move among the header lines and into the Message Text area. Here, you will be using Pine's Composer -- which is a version of the editor Pico -- to compose and edit your message. (Entering an email address at the Cc line sends a copy of the message to that address.)

Pine's internal help and the command lists it displays at the bottom of the screen are context-sensitive. So, for example, to get help with editing the text of your message, and to have the editing commands displayed at the bottom of the screen, you must actually have placed the cursor in the Message Text area.

Selected Pine Commands

You may enter these commands in upper or lower case. Additional information is available from Pine's internal help.

From Pine's Main Menu

? - Show help text

C - Compose and send a message

I - View index of messages in the current folder (i.e., go to the Folder Index screen)

L - See the list of all folders (on the Folder List screen)

G - Go to a specific folder

A - Update your address book

O - Show all other available commands

Q - Quit Pine; return to the UNIX prompt

Composing a Message

Pine's "Composer" is the editor, Pico, with the following differences or exceptions to the Pico command list on back of this sheet.

(The symbol ^ indicates that you should hold down the Control or Ctrl key while typing the accompanying letter. The letters can be typed in upper or lower case.)

To Send, Postpone or Cancel a Message

^X - Send the message now

^O - Postpone for further editing and sending later

^C - Cancel the message

Reading Your Mail

These commands work on a folder's list (or "index") of messages. Typing I at Pine's main menu opens up the index of the "current folder." Normally, when you start up Pine, the current folder is your Inbox of new messages. You can select another folder by typing L, instead.

Selecting a Message

Arrow Keys Move forward and backward in the list to select (highlight) a message

- - Show previous screen-full of messages

Spc - Show next screen-full of messages

J - Jump to a specific message

W - Search for a message ("whereis")

$ - Sort the messages in list

G - Go to another folder

Operations on the Selected Message

V - View the message

R - Reply to message (opens Composer)

F - Forward message to another address

D - Mark for deletion

U - Undelete (remove deletion mark)

T - Add address to Address Book

S - Save message in another folder*

E - Export message as a plain text file

Y - Print the message

General Pine Commands

O - Show all other available commands

? - Get Pine's context-sensitive online help

M - Go to Pine's main menu

L - Go to Folder List screen

Q - Quit Pine

*Messages that you have read but not Saved or Deleted will be automatically moved from your Inbox to a folder called "saved-messages."

Working with Your Folders

These commands are used from the "Folder List" screen -- which you can reach by typing L at Pine's main menu or at a Folder Index.

Selecting a Folder

Arrow Keys Move forward and backward in list to select (highlight) a folder. Typing V or pressing <Enter> will make it the "current folder".

- - Show previous page of folder list

Spacebar - Show next page of folder list

G - Go to a specific folder*

W - Search folder names ("whereis")

Operations on the Selected Folder

V - View folder's message index*

D - Delete the folder

R - Rename the folder

Other Folder List Commands

A - Create (add) a folder

I - Show message index of current folder

Y - Print folder listing

General Pine Commands

O - Show all other available commands

? - Get Pine's context-sensitive online help

M - Pine's main menu

C - Compose a message

Q - Quit Pine

*Makes the selected folder the "current folder".

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