The return of the console mailer: ALPINE
Many students had to use it at the university in the early years of the Internet: PINE, the text mode mail client. I was one of those students and I actually liked it and configured it to the maximum.
Somehow I later switched to Mozilla Thunderbird and haven’t used a text mode mailer since. But this week I discovered “ALPINE”. It is sort of “PINE reloaded”, as Open Source under the Apache License (think Apache License PINE).
I set it up for Gmail with IMAP (thanks to the author of this blog entry):
- Start ALPINE and type S L A (Setup > collectionLists > Add)
- Enter something like the following but replacing “id” with your gmail name:
- Press CTRL-X and then E to save the setting.
- Type S C (Setup > Configuration) and set up SMTP to use the gmail server:
Nickname : Gmail
Server : firstname.lastname@example.org
SMTP Server = smtp.gmail.com:email@example.com
I noticed that I had to install the package “ca-certificates” on my Kubuntu system. Otherwise I got a certificate error.