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This blog is to document my progress with Linux and programming in general. I started off trying to fix my computer which led me down a road of great intrigue into Linux and programming. From this, I also developed a passion to document what I do for two reason; first is to have a history of what I have done and second is leave the possibility open for feedback and suggestions or even simple discussion. Feel free to email me schulidr@protonmail.com or send me a message on here. I can also be found on twitter, mastadon, manjaro forums, arch forums, and IRC all of which I have the same handle.
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Alpine mail

Posted 03-10-2019 at 10:21 PM by schulidr

Got Alpine mail to work on my computer tonight and I am ecstatic about it. I have long wanted a command line only interface and this gets me one step closer. This was way easier than I thought it was going to be. Here are my notes from the install and setup...

Setting up Alpine Mail:

Install Alpine mail
,,,yay alpine,,,
I always get a little nervous when I install something from the AUR and it has to
compile. This takes a while and it's just always a little unsettling lol.

Launch alpine and setup my email...
-navigate to main>setup>colletionlists>add
-enter the following information
Nickname: (giveitaname)
Server: imap.gmail.com/ssl/user=userid@gmail.com
Path:
View:
-navigate to setup>config for smtp server
smtp.gmail.com:587/tls/user=userid@gmail.com
setup a folder
-navigate to setup>config and check off the boxes for the following:
Compensate for deficient IMAP servers
Combined Folder Display
Enable incoming folders collection
Enable incoming folders checking

This worked and my email is now available to me in my command line environment. And
its fantastic.

I recently changed to lynx as my web browser for my CLI sessions as it is a little more configurable than elinks. It essentially came down to the readability of text based sites I want to use to read and learn from. The elinks options were hard to read and navigate so I tried lynx and found it much better.

I also managed to get keybindings to work for my touchpad. alt + F9 will toggle the touchpad now which is amazing. This is only for my i3 sessions however so I have to make sure to enable it before I try to play around in ratpoison or go back to gui sessions with xfcewm. I have an alias setup to run the bash executable I made as well so it's not like I'm stuck either.

All in all it's been a heck of a great day because I have gotten my keybinding set to enable and disable touchpad like it is supposed to. I also have my proper keybindings for keyboard lighting working properly as well. This hasn't worked in months so it's exciting that it's all coming together and working great!! I'm getting better at documenting it all as well. I think the next thing will be to better organize my bookmarks online for all of this. For now it's exciting that my complete cli environment is almost complete. Ill develop a list of all the apps I use for everything I do and publish that here soon.
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