May 26, 2018


Alpine is a screen-oriented message-handling tool for news, and POP, IMAP, and local e-mail. In its default configuration it offers a limited set of functions geared toward the novice user, but it also has a large list of optional “power-user” and personal-preference features.

Alpine’s basic feature set includes * View, Save, Export, Delete, Print, Reply and Forward messages. Compose messages in a simple editor with word-wrap and a spelling checker. Messages may be postponed for later completion. * Selection and management of message folders. * Address book to keep a list of long or frequently-used addresses. Personal distribution lists may be defined. Addresses may be taken into the address book from incoming mail without retyping them. * New mail checking/notification occurs automatically configurable. * On-line, context-sensitive help screens.

Alpine supports MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, an Internet Standard for representing multipart and multimedia data in email.

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