Each Pine screen presents you with a set of possible commands listed at the bottom of the screen. In addition, there is a default command for each screen. The default command is enclosed in square brackets and is executed by hitting Enter. In the screen shown above, the default command is Be Counted! Type `E' to exit the greeting screen and enter the main menu screen shown below.
Pine is a very simple program to use. There is no need to memorize any commands as the possible commands at each screen are always listed at the bottom of the screen. With a little exploration, you will quickly master the program. If you are interested in learning more about Pine, the following tutorial will provide most of what you need to know.
The rest of this writeup will instead focus on using Pine on the maria
cluster with your email account on the division mail server.
At present, the maria cluster runs its own mail system that is common across
the cluster. This will be discontinued on February 3, 2001.
Thereafter, mail destined for the maria cluster will be routed to the division
mail server. What does this mean? If you are familiar with
Pine, you know that your new mail arrives in the INBOX. When you
obtain your email account on the mail server, you will have 2 inboxes;
the local INBOX on the maria cluster, and the REMOTE inbox on the mail
server. In other words, before February 3, 2001, you will receive
new mail in both inboxes. After February 3, new mail will arrive
only in your REMOTE inbox. Both inboxes will continue to exist until
your local INBOX is emptied out. It will then be removed at a later
date and you will be left with only 1 inbox - the REMOTE inbox that resides
on the mail server.
The screen shows your collection list. A collection is simply a group of folders. Some definitions are in order: A mail folder is simply a file that contains one or more mail messages. A collection is simply a directory containing one or more folders. The directory may be local or remote. In the screen shown above, there are 3 collections: Incoming-Folders, Mail, and Remote. You select the collection with the 'P' and 'N' keys. In this example, the Incoming-Folders collection has been selected. Hitting Enter (the default command) brings up the following screen
which lists your local INBOX and the REMOTE inbox. The local INBOX is the inbox on the maria cluster. The REMOTE inbox is the inbox of your email account on the mail server. To select which inbox, use the 'P' and 'N' keys. In this screen, the REMOTE inbox has been selected. You will be prompted for your account name and password of the email account when you first open your REMOTE inbox. Type them in as shown in the following 2 screens.
After you have authenticated yourself, you will be presented with a list of new messages in your REMOTE inbox. An example is shown below.
and hit Enter to view the collection. The following screen shows the Remote collection with no folders. Next, type `A' to add a new folder.
You will be prompted for the name of the folder as shown below. In this example, the new folder is called `saved-messages'.
Hit Return to accept. The Remote collection screen should now list the saved-messages folder as shown below.
To save a message, select your message and type `S' to save it. Pine will prompt you for the folder in which to save the message. In the following screen, the default folder is `<Mail> [saved-messages]'. This is the saved-messages folder in the local Mail collection.
You can scroll through your list of collections and folders with Ctrl-P, Ctrl-N, and the Ctrl-T keys. In this example, hitting Ctrl-N `scrolls' to the next collection which is the Remote collection as shown below.
Hit Return to save your message.
Pine will announce that the message has been saved and deleted.
Saving a message will automatically delete it from your inbox. A
deleted message is not physically deleted, only marked as deleted.
You can choose to undelete the message or physically delete it by expunging
the inbox. By default, Pine will ask you if you wish to expunge your
deleted messages when you exit the program.