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Current HOWTO: Pine-Exchange


Pine Configuration

5. Pine Configuration

Pine has three types of configuration files we will concern ourselves with. Each of them can contain all the same settings, but with varied syntax. The decreasing order of precedence for each setting is as follows: /etc/pine.conf.fixed, ~/.pinerc, and /etc/pine.conf. Basically this means if Pine is looking for a specific setting it first checks pine.conf.fixed, if it does not exist it checks ~/.pinerc, if it does not exist it finally checks /etc/pine.conf.

Each of these files contain settings in the form of "key=value" pairings. You can change these settings with your favorite editor (ex. vi). For the ~/.pinerc file the user can change the settings directly from Pine, by going into (S)etup then (C)onfig. For LDAP settings go into (S)etup then (D)irectory.

Here are the important settings for communicating with the Exchange Server:

NOTE: The syntax of each setting will be shown in the Example configuration.

One potential problem that you may run into is SMTP Authentication. Basically, this means that you need to provide a username and password to use SMTP to send email. I have found no official documentation which states that Pine supports SMTP Authentication (more so on the contrary). The closest thing I've found is the possibility of a /user Parameter to the smtp-server setting, which was mentioned briefly in the change log from version 4.20 to 4.21. It was also brought up a couple of times on the listserv. (see Resources)

If you still have problems with it, here is an alternative which I ended up using. You can have your SysAdmin add your IP address to the Exchange Server to allow you to bypass the SMTP authentication.


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