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Improvements for Pine

A few easy improvements for Pine or any other email program really
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A few ideas to help those of us with limited disk quotas who also insist on keeping every mail ever sent to us, less spam:

First: store the mail folders in gzip format gosh darn it.

Second: allow deletion of attachments to a message but not the rest of a message. Yes, it is probably possible to do this by hand in Pico or something, but this should be made eaiser.

Third: don't store the attachments to messages in your sent mail folder, just the bodies.
JakePatterson, Dec 12 2001

Pine homepage http://www.washington.edu/pine/
[jutta, Dec 13 2001]

Mutt homepage http://www.mutt.org/
[jutta, Dec 13 2001]


       With mutt you can set a folder hook to un/recompress when you navigate mail folders, press D to delete attachments, and a fcc hook to remove attachments.   

       I used to use pine/pico & thought that moving to mutt/vim would be a PITA, but it wasn't that bad, & I'd never go back.   

       <french knight>We've already got one. It's very nice.</french knight>
prometheus, Dec 12 2001

       A bit practical for the HB, but sounds good to me.
phoenix, Dec 12 2001

Pine: Pine Is Not Elm
Elm: ELectronic Mail
Both are UNIX email clients. I have no idea what Pico stands for, but it is a text editor.
JakePatterson, Dec 13 2001

       Pico stands for PIne COmposer but the editor is actually originally derived from MicroEmacs. I would imagine that the nickname was all the more satisfying to Pico's author(s) because it means "small" (Italian) and is well suited to the dimunitive footprint of the application.   

       MS Outlook also allows deletion of just the atttachments and its native archive format, .pst, is highly compressed.   

       Aside: My dog, an Italian Greyhound, is named Pico and, for a Greyhound, he is highly compressed, too.
bristolz, Dec 13 2001

       Eudora separates attachments to a file when downloading email, so attachments don't require major surgery to remove. Similarly, when sending mail, only the body is stored in the sent folder.   

       I'm not sure about the compressed format thing, though.
cp, Dec 14 2001

       I thought Pine was something that hurts in Australia.
lewisgirl, Dec 14 2001

       Okay, [cp], maybe "highly compressed" is an overstatement, but .psts are compressed.
bristolz, Dec 14 2001


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