No pine on CentOS?

This is a trick I call "Pine Cent". CentOS doesn't come with Pine installed, so if you want a text based mailer, you're stuck with "mail".

So here's what I do on all my CentOS servers:

(in bash):

# alias pine=mutt

(in tcsh):

> alias pine mutt

It's kinda a joke, because well mutt is a very nice text mode email client. Being an old user of unix from way back, something in my brain is hardwired to type "pine" when I want to read email.

Note, the learning curve is a bit steep if you are accustomed to pine, but mutt is just as powerful, if not more so. If you're a mutt "power user" I'd love to see some things you've done with it.

I'm not surprised that Pine

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I'm not surprised that Pine is no longer included with Cent OS. Pine has been dead (discontinued) since 2005. The University of Washington (same guys who made Pine) are now distributing a program called Alpine, which is like Pine 2. Not sure if that comes with Cent OS, but it's more likely to be there than Pine.

mutt on CentOS

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> If you're a mutt «power user» I'd love to see some things you've done with it.

I use mutt to send myself files from our server to my office with:
mutt me@office.tld -s "here is myfile" -a myfile

For convenience, I entered the following alias/function into my bash profile (the ^[ are ESC in vi):

sendhome () { HomeAddress="me@office.tld" ; \
        echo -n "       sending ^[[4m$1^[[0m ..." ; \
        echo $1 | mutt "$HomeAddress" -s "$1" -a $1 ; \
        echo "file sent to ^[[36m"$HomeAddress"^[[0m." \

Unfortunately, we have a new server running CentOS but without mutt. Can I just issue «yum install mutt» without screwing something up?


Meaulnes Legler
Zürich, Switzerland