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From: Tom Jennings <>
Date: Wed Feb 16 14:18:16 2005

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Pete Turnbull wrote:

> Pine is good at some things and less good at others. Is it reading
> mail directly from a POP3 account? It's known to not do that very well
> in some instances (although to be fair to pine, not all POP3 servers
> are created equal). You would probably be better off using fetchmail
> to get the mail off your ISP's server onto a local machine if that's
> the case. Then run an imap server (imapd comes with pine) on your own
> local mailserver. If you're using pine to separate things into local
> folders, you might consider using procmail instead.

Yeah, there are better tools than pine for the sort stuff.

I use:

(mail resides on

1. fetchmail to suck it down (IMAPS)
2. procmail to split into folders
3. pine to read
4. sendmail running (for queuing and delivery)

What this gets me is, my laptop roams. I can read and reply to
mail while offline; when I connect I deliver, and fetch new mail
from turing. Procmail stores spam very carefully in /dev/null.
Mail is stored in ~/Mail/* and my backup (so-called, really rsync
multiple dispersion) ensures my spindled, foldered and mutilated
mail exists on multiple hosts.

Procmail and cron also maintain a copy of all incoming and
outgoing mail in folders


Which rotate to the right names automagically.
Received on Wed Feb 16 2005 - 14:18:16 GMT

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