UNIX Email

I started Alpine and now all of my email is missing from Webmail. How can I move it back?

If you reconfigured Alpine to connect to your mailbox using the POP protocol and download your mail into your AFS directory, only Alpine and other UNIX email programs can access it.

I accidentally deleted some email I wanted to keep. Can it be recovered?

Maybe. There are a few different things you can try:

Unable to display the Alpine or Pico menu bar correctly.

Occasionally, the Alpine menus continue past the edge of the screen or the menus are not taking full advantage of the space available because the screen size is different from what Alpine expects.

To resolve the problem:

How to: Read an attached file using Alpine.

Alpine, a newer and better-maintained email client very similar to Pine, has replaced the previously installed version of Pine.

How to: Send an attachment using Alpine.

The file to be attached must first be transferred to your AFS home directory as it is accessible to Alpine. When first composing a message, move the cursor to the Attchmnt field by pressing the Tab key twice. Enter the name of the file to be attached. Alpine should automatically expand the name to show its location.

How to: Recover a deleted message using Alpine.

If a message has been marked for deletion but not yet purged it will be displayed with a status indicator, 'D'. If a deleted message has been purged when quitting Alpine recovery is more difficult, and may not be possible. If the message has been in the INBOX or a saved folder for at least a day it is likely that a copy was made during the most recent nightly backup.

Unable to display the Alpine or Pico menu bar correctly.

Occasionally, the Alpine menus continue past the edge of the screen or the menus are not taking full advantage of the space available because the screen size is different from what Alpine expects.

To resolve the problem:

How to: Read an attached file using Alpine.

Alpine, a newer and better-maintained email client very similar to Pine, has replaced the previously installed version of Pine.

How to: Create a signature for outgoing messages sent from Alpine.

Edit the ~/.signature file. Press CTRL+o and Enter to save the file, and then CTRL+x to exit the pico editor.

How to: Forward Alpine messages to another account.

You can set up e-mail forwarding and an auto-response message (such as a vacation message) online at https://stanfordyou.stanford.edu/. This will apply to all mail sent to your @stanford.edu email address, regardless of how you read your email.

How to: Change the From address while sending a message using Alpine.

Alpine allows the use of custom e-mail headers in outgoing messages. This feature can be used to specify an e-mail alias or other alternate address when sending mail.

From the Alpine Main menu, select (S)etup > (C)onfigure > Personal Name. When all changes have been made, select (E)xit and save when prompted.

How to: Send an attachment using Alpine.

The file to be attached must first be transferred to your AFS home directory as it is accessible to Alpine. When first composing a message, move the cursor to the Attchmnt field by pressing the Tab key twice. Enter the name of the file to be attached. Alpine should automatically expand the name to show its location.

How to: Recover a deleted message using Alpine.

If a message has been marked for deletion but not yet purged it will be displayed with a status indicator, 'D'. If a deleted message has been purged when quitting Alpine recovery is more difficult, and may not be possible. If the message has been in the INBOX or a saved folder for at least a day it is likely that a copy was made during the most recent nightly backup.

How to: Transfer Alpine mail to another computer for archive or import.

Alpine stores each mail folder as a separate, plain-text file in the ~/Mail directory. These files can be transferred to other machines for backup purposes using SFTP (recommended) or AFS.

What happened to Pine mail? Where is my old Pine email?

Alpine, a newer and better-maintained email client very similar to Pine, has replaced the previously installed version of Pine.

Although it is difficult to access existing local email folders with Mutt while using an IMAP configuration, any existing Pine mail should be accessible in a new folder collection in Alpine.