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URL: http://www.zrox.net/Mail/Pine/pip.txt
Last-modified: 2004-07-30
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Welcome to comp.mail.pine, a newsgroup devoted to discussing the popular
Pine mail and news client from the University of Washington.

The purpose of this document is to acquaint new readers with the
newsgroup, answer some frequently asked questions, and point readers to
sources of further information.


QUESTIONS

1. The Newsgroup
    1.1 What is comp.mail.pine?
    1.2 What kind of questions are welcome?
    1.3 Are the discussions archived?
    1.4 What other discussion fora are available?

2. The Program
    2.1 Where can I get Pine?
    2.2 What is the latest version?
    2.3 What platforms is it available for?

3. FAQs
    3.1 How do I change my From: header?
    3.2 How do I set my Reply-To: header?
    3.3 Can Pine read mail from a POP3 server?
    3.4 Can Pine notify me when I get new mail?
    3.5 Can I send mail from the command-line without using the composer?
    3.6 Pine doesn't show my name in messages from me. How do I fix it?
    3.7 My local username is different from the one on my remote server.
        How do I read/send mail/news?

4. Further information

5. Credits


ANSWERS

Section 1: The Newsgroup

1.1 What is comp.mail.pine?

    comp.mail.pine is a USENET newsgroup devoted to discussion of the
    Pine mail and news client.

1.2 What kind of questions are welcome?

    The newsgroup is intended for end-user questions, although more
    technical as well as administrative discussions also take place.
    Asking FAQs is frowned upon.

1.3 Are the discussions archived?

    Google Groups maintains an archive of most USENET newsgroups. The
    archive for comp.mail.pine is available at
    <comp.mail.pine">http://groups.google.com/groups?group=comp.mail.pine>

    Etiquette suggests that you search the archive first to see if your
    question has been answered, before you ask the newsgroup.

1.4 What other discussion fora are available?

    In addition to comp.mail.pine, the University of Washington runs the
    pine-info mailing list. This mailing list is for administration
    issues regarding Pine. You can find subscription information, as well
    as the archives at <http://www.washington.edu/pine/pine-info/>


Section 2: The Program

2.1 Where can I get Pine?

    Pine is available for download from the University of Washington's
    web site at <http://www.washington.edu/pine/>. It is also available
    via anonymous FTP from their FTP site <ftp.cac.washington.edu> in the
    pine/ directory. The latest version is always pine.tar.Z or
    pine.tar.gz

2.2 What is the latest version?

    Version information, as well as changes since the last version are
    available from UW's page at
    <http://www.washington.edu/pine/changes.html>

2.3 What platforms is it available for?

    Pine is currently available for various flavors of Unix as well as
    Linux, MacOS X, Microsoft Windows and other platforms. Earlier versions
    are available for MS-DOS. A complete list of ports is available at
    <http://www.washington.edu/pine/getpine/ports.html>


Section 3: FAQs

This section touches only very briefly on a few of the most frequently
asked questions. Please see the resources listed in Section 4. There are
other frequently asked questions that are answered in those pages, and
the questions answered here are dealt with in greater depth as well.

3.1 How do I change my From: header?

    In recent versions, you can go to (M)ain (S)etup (C)onfig and under
    customized-hdrs, add your address like this:

      From: "My Name" <my@address.invalid>

    The most complete instructions are available from Infinite Ink's web
    page at <http://www.ii.com/internet/messaging/pine/changing_from/>. It
    includes instructions for earlier versions, and alternative ways to do
    it.

3.2 How do I set my Reply-To: header?

    In the configuration screen (Main, Setup, Config) scroll down to the
    customized-hdrs option, and add Reply-To as an entry. If you wish to
    always add the same address in that header, you can specify it like
    this:

      customized-hdrs = Reply-To: xyzzy@example.invalid

    If you do not set the value of the Reply-To: header as above, you can
    add it in when you compose a message, by moving into the header area
    of the composer and pressing ^R for rich headers.

3.3 Can Pine read mail from a POP3 server?

    Yes. Specify the server configuration as follows:

      {server.name.invalid/pop3}

    The /pop3 flag will tell Pine to use the POP3 protocol. If you use
    POP3, you will have issues with new mail notification. See question
    3.4. You may also be interested in question 3.7.

3.4 Can Pine notify me when I get new mail?

    If you are accessing your inbox as a local spool or with the IMAP
    protocol, then Pine will notify you when you get new mail. If you use
    POP3, then you will not, because of a limitation in the protocol and
    Pine's support of it.

    Pine will check for mail in incoming folders when you press the <TAB>
    key at the last message in the index. If you wish to check for new
    mail in a POP3 mailbox, you might want to add it as an incoming
    folder rather than as your inbox.

3.5 Can I send mail from the command-line without using the composer?

    No, not with Pine. You should use a command-line SMTP client for
    this, like mail or mailx for Unix. If you must use Pine, you can apply
    an unofficial patch by Eduardo Chappa for Unix Pine. It is available
    from his web page, listed below.

3.6 Pine doesn't show my name in messages from me. How do I fix it?

    It doesn't need to be fixed. Pine shows your messages like that only
    to you. Everyone else sees them fine. Pine shows them to you like
    that because for messages from you, it is presumably more interesting
    who the message is to, than who the message is from (you).

    If you really must change this behavior, go to the index-format setting
    in (M)ain (S)etup (C)onfig and read the help text. Copy the default
    index format from the help text, and change the "FROMORTO" token to
    "FROMORTONOTNEWS".

3.7 My local username is different from the one on my remote server. How
do I read/send mail/news?

     In the server specification, add the user flag. For example,

       inbox = {mail.server.invalid/user=xyzzy}

     The /user flag can be added to any server specification, including
     IMAP, POP3 (in addition to the /pop3 flag), SMTP (only if SMTP
     authentication is necessary), NNTP etc.

Section 4: Further information

* The official Pine home page is at the University of Washington:
   <http://www.washington.edu/pine/>

   It includes the Official Pine FAQ
   <http://www.washington.edu/pine/faq/>

* Infinite Ink has a lot of detailed information on Pine, as well as
   tips for power users and novices alike. This site is maintained by
   Nancy McGough.
   <http://www.ii.com/internet/messaging/pine/>

   The Power Pine page is at
   <http://www.ii.com/internet/messaging/pine/pc/>

* Eduardo Chappa writes and maintains a list of unofficial patches to
   Pine. The patches are available from his site at
   <http://www.math.washington.edu/~chappa/pine/>

   He also has a Pine Help site, which is written more as a manual than
   as a series of questions and answers:
   <http://www.math.washington.edu/~chappa/pine/pine-info/>

* Gopi Sundaram's comp.mail.pine FAQ is a collection of answers to
   questions frequently seen in the newsgroup:
   <http://www.zrox.net/Mail/Pine/>

* The Open Directory Project has a list of links related to Pine.
   <http://dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Internet/Clients/Mail/Pine/>


Section 5: Credits

This document was written primarily by Gopi Sundaram. It includes
additions and input from members of the comp.mail.pine community including
Eduardo Chappa, Jeffrey Goldberg, Sebastian Jester, Nancy McGough and
others.

-- 
(C) Copyright 2002, Gopi Sundaram, all rights reserved.
Redistribution of this document is hereby freely granted so long as the
document is redistributed in its entirety, with attributions and this
copyright notice.

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