Using IMAP with pine
Most new mail readers (eg,
can now be configured to read mail remotely using a service called
IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol).
This is convenient, as you can now keep your mail in a single place
and access it from many machines in different locations (eg, from home
and the office).
Some people have discovered that
is a simple text-based mail program which can deal with the same sets
of files you use with the above programs.
However, it is not advisable to use
while also using IMAP-based mail programs.
This is because while two IMAP-based mail programs will be able to
cooperate with locking and modifying the mail files involved, our
default configuration of
uses different locking.
If you want to use
while also using IMAP-based mail programs, here's how:
You have now configured
to use IMAP to access both your incoming mail and your mail folders.
should now peacefully and cooperatively coexist with other IMAP-based
to get a choice of setup tasks at the bottom of the screen.
to enter the
line is highlighted.
to begin modifying this line.
Type the name of the IMAP server in curley braced, followed by
to exit the setup and confirm the changes by typing
Back at the
to get a list of setup tasks again.
This time, choose
Here you will see two "collection lists,"
(it probably already is), and type
and enter the server name
to save the changes.
If you'd rather just edit your
file, you can change the line
and the line
But if you don't like the
user interface that much, you probably shouldn't be using
This page last updated June 25, 1999.