Reading Email with pine

Reading Email with pine

It's likely that your first step in using pine will be to read email. As Figures 11.4 through 11.7 show, you start by entering the pine command, and then work screen by screen, depending on what you want to do.

Figure 11.4. When you start pine for the first time, it will ask whether you want to be counted as a user before you begin.

Figure 11.5. You'll become well acquainted with pine's main screen.

Figure 11.6. All you have to do is press e to select the default selection, which is shown at the bottom in [brackets].

Figure 11.7. Do you really want to quit pine? Just checking.

To Read Email with pine:



At the shell prompt, type pine to start the program. The first time you use pine, it will ask you if you want to be counted as a pine user (see Figure 11.4)before you get started. Thereafter, you'll see the normal main screen, as shown in Figure 11.5.

If you get an error message about the pine command not being found, look around on the system to try to find the program. See Chapter 1 for details on where to look.


Press to view the folder list, which includes an in-box folder as well as (eventually) other folders that you set up.


Use the arrow keys to navigate the folder list (if you have other folders).


Press to view the selected folder. Note that the default selection in the bottom menu is shown with [brackets] (see Figure 11.6). Rather than use arrow keys to select the default, you can, instead, press .


Use the and keys to move up and down in the message list.

Your unread messages will appear at the bottom of the list by default.


Press to read the selected message.


Hmmm. Uh-huh. Wow. Marvy.

Read your messages. Press to get out of the current message and back to the message index for the current folder.


Press when you're ready to quit pine. You'll be prompted to verify that you want to quit, as shown in Figure 11.7. Just press to quit, or if you really didn't want to quit.


  • Notice the menu commands listed at the bottom of the pine screen. You can choose any of these options by pressing the appropriate key. pine is conveniently case-insensitive, so either lowercase or uppercase commands will work.

  • Start with pine -i to start in your in-box, rather than at the main menu.

  • As you're perusing your email, you can use to jump to the next unread message in the folder.

  • Delete messages by pressing , either when the message is highlighted in the message list or when the message is open onscreen. When you quit the program, pine will verify that you want to discard the deleted messages. Just press to confirm the deletion, or if you really didn't want to get rid of the messages. (Note that deleting in pine does not send them to the Recycle Bin, as the key does when using a Windows email program. In Unix, pressing really deletes messages ... they're gone!)

  • You can reply to messages by pressing with a message selected or while reading a message.

  • When using pine, keep your eyes open for an O in the menu at the bottom of the screen indicating that there are other options.

Printing with pine

Although many Unix email programs don't let you print to your local printer, pine does. All you have to do is choose %, take the default printout on "attached to ansi," as pine suggests, and your printout will most likely appear on your regular printer. Printing to a local printer this way doesn't work with some communications programs (notably Windows telnet), but it does work with many. If you're sitting in front of a Linux or Mac OS X system, you could also use other printing utilities on your systemthe "attached to ansi" option is really for people who are connected to the Unix system with ssh or telnet.

Unix(c) Visual Quickstart Guide
UNIX, Third Edition
ISBN: 0321442458
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 251

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