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Old 10-14-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question Configure pine

Hi I want to use pine because I need a CLI mail client however I can't make sense of it. The configuration looked straight forward until I thought I had it configured but it didn't work. I guess I am missing some other parts like fetchmail or whatever.

My configuration looks like this:
personal-name      = <No Value Set: using "Alexandro Colorado">
user-domain                    = 
smtp-server                    =
nntp-server                    = <No Value Set>  
inbox-path                     = <No Value Set: using "inbox">
incoming-folders-to-check      = {
incoming-archive-folders       = <No Value Set>
pruned-folders                 = <No Value Set>
default-fcc                    = <No Value Set: using "sent-mail">
default-saved-msg-folder       = <No Value Set: using "saved-messages">
postponed-folder               = <No Value Set: using "postponed-msgs">
read-message-folder            = <No Value Set>
form-letter-folder             = <No Value Set> 
literal-signature              = <No Value Set> 
signature-file                 = <No Value Set: using ".signature">
So my question is:
a) how to configure the pop/imap
b) how to configure the sending of the email
c) where do I put the ports


Last edited by Jzarecta; 10-14-2007 at 10:22 PM.
Old 10-15-2007, 04:42 AM   #2
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Couple of things about your config. First is that you have assigned the server address and login parameters to the wrong variable. It's not the "incoming-folders-to-check," but "inbox-path." Secondly, you have some of the parameters in the wrong order: server address first, pop3 designation second, user login name last. Your config line should look like this:

inbox-path = {}INBOX

For "", you should not need the full e-mail address, just use the login name. Use the "user-domain" variable to fill in the "" information, not the full server address. So that line should read as follows:

"user-domain =" NOT "user-domain ="

The only time you might use "" in your inbox-path variable is if you are required to enter your entire e-mail address as your login name, instead of just your user name. In that case, you may need to leave the "user-domain" variable blank, otherwise you have the domain defined twice. Pine may display your return e-mail address as "" or ""

As to configging the sending of e-mail, as long as you have the "smtp-server" variable defined properly, it should send without any problem.

Defining ports. So long as you are using standard porting for the incoming and outgoing mail, you don't need to define any ports whatsoever. Pine naturally defaults to the proper ports. If you are using non-standard porting for mail add the port right after the server address using a colon to separate the server and the port. Let's say smtp is using port 96 and pop3 is using port 382. Your variable parameters should look like this:

smtp-server =
inbox-path = {}INBOX

One last thing. There is actually quite a bit of help inside pine. Highlight the variable you want info on and then press "?" to get the help screen.


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