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Old 10-17-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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slackware tin and pictures

Today I've been trying out tin newsreader. I was just wondering if there is a way to have it call an external image viewing program when a post has a picture attached. At the moment I have a workaround where I can save the picture to a file and then view that later but that's kind of awkward. Would like to just press a key in tin and *bam* xv or something brings up the picture.

Not sure if this is even possible. google returned no positive results.
Old 10-18-2006, 09:02 AM   #2
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Well, I don't know much about tin, unless there is some type of preference that allows you to do something like that, I honestly don't see how you can achieve that without doing any sort of programming / scripting.
Old 10-18-2006, 06:56 PM   #3
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Well, the pine (not tin) man page gave me a needed hint. Make a file in /etc called mailcap. In it, list for each mime type a method of handling said mime type. Calling external programs is possible. So by copying over a sample mailcap file from the tin docs directory I've gotten it so that jpegs can be shown by tin (by calling xv). Nice.

Of course if the image was just popped in as uuencoding with no mime "wrapper", then tin won't recognize it. I guess I'll have to find another newsreader. :/


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