Alpine will be forced to read e-mail using IMAP. So the first time Alpine will ask for your SISSA username and password. If you wish to save the password, to avoid to enter it every time you run Alpine, answer “Y” to question Preserve password on DISK for next login?. Your password will be encrypted and saved in the file .alpine.passfile in your home directory.

Since Alpine 2.10, a personal SMIME certificate is used to encrypt the password file. Alpine will ask the user to create a master password, which will unlock access to the password file in future access during the same Alpine session.

To avoid being asked to enter the master password every time you start Alpine, while not recommended, you can create a SMIME certificate without any private key's password:

mkdir -p $HOME/.alpine-smime/public $HOME/.alpine-smime/.pwd $HOME/.alpine-smime/private $HOME/.alpine-smime/ca

openssl req -x509 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout $HOME/.alpine-smime/.pwd/MasterPassword.key -out $HOME/.alpine-smime/.pwd/MasterPassword.crt -days 10000 -nodes -subj "/C=IT/ST=Friuli Venezia Giulia/L=Trieste/O=SISSA/CN=$USER/emailAddress=${USER}"

touch $HOME/.alpine.passfile

To see the e-mails in a folder

  • select the folder using the arrows (for example Sent);
  • type <ENTER>.

To see the contents of hierarchical folders

  • select the folder using the arrows (for example pippo[.]);
  • type “ > ” (and NOT <ENTER> !!!);
  • then you can see the e-mails inside it and its sub-folders names.
  • to return to a higher level folder press the “ < ” key.

To create new folders

  • type “ L ” (ListFldrs) then type “ a ” (add);
  • Alpine will ask you the new foldername.
  • if you now want a new sub-folder inside an existing folder, you have to type foldername.newsubfoldername .

To display/hide the complete header

To display/hide the complete header of an e-mail press “ h ”.

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