Out of the vast sea of Linux mail clients, for some forgotten reason I have latched on to alpine.
Or re-alpine, as I should say, since the Arch version has moved to a rebranded version. (That was a joke. Get it? 🙄 )
Why do I insist on using such a (comparatively) heavy, over-featureful, rather obtuse mail and news reader to check my meager four or five GMail accounts once a day?
I really don’t know.
Well, that’s not true. I do know. I stick with alpine — ahem, re-alpine for two or three quick reasons.
- It was fairly easy to figure out, for setting up rules and patterns.
- It worked on the first try for me.
- I’ve got most of the configurations saved from three or four years ago, and it’s just easier this way.
Oh, that last one is a terrible reason. Skip that one.
Truth be told, I feel no allegiance to alpine. It worked when mutt didn’t, five years ago when I was eager to find something to check my email without requiring a mouse.
I keep tabs on other clients — mutt, sup, cone, elmo. When a better one comes along, I’ll jump ship. I am like that sometimes. 😐
I was a long time pine/alpine user but for my current needs it is overkill so for the last couple of years I’ve ended up using heirloom-mailx as my email client of choice.
Really … ? Hmm. I shall have to check out this heirloom-mailx. I see it all the time in Arch and just never looked at it before.
It’s sort of a poor mans mutt, I mostly use an email client with public mailing lists which I have delivered to a gmail account (as the mailing lists are already public I have no real privacy concerns about this). I then use gmails filters to sort each mailing list into its own folder and then use heirloom-mailx to access gmail via imap and send with smtp. I use nvi for composing (see ~e & ~v commands in heirlooom-mailx) which I have set up for text composing (whereas my vim set up is more focused on coding).
The screenshot over @ http://screenshots.debian.net/package/heirloom-mailx is of my setup.
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