[Alpine-info] formats for both Alpine and Thunderbird
mbmiller+l at gmail.com
Wed Feb 11 13:53:03 PST 2009
On Wed, 11 Feb 2009, Benjamin R. Haskell wrote:
> As a further thought along those lines, if you're willing to invest some
> time in it, it can be an educational experience setting up an IMAP
> server on your own machine. Time commitment varies greatly depending on
> your O/S and/or distribution. (e.g., under Gentoo Linux, I was able to
> install Dovecot with a single command and then configure it within a
> span of about 20 minutes [with the admittedly big caveat that I'd gone
> through the process several times before].) Same is true of installing
> an SMTP server (which can be very useful while travelling, for example).
I can run these things, and do have Postfix running, but the problem is
that the port is blocked by a firewall that I cannot control. So I cannot
receive email and I cannot send it using my own SMTP server. So I use
Gmail as the SMTP server and I use POP with fetchmail to download messages
from Gmail every 5 minutes. I can use SSH, so I connect via SSH to access
the email on my server.
If you ask me, this kind of thing happens because people in our
administration, and in the administrations of other universities, are
influenced by lobbyists/salesmen from powerful corporations like Oracle or
Microsoft, to shut down every server they can find and centralize control
under Microsoft/Oracle/Sun/whatever systems.
Which reminds me -- I had a question about email formats. Alpine supports
what exactly? There must be list somewhere. I found a web page saying
there was a patch to make Alpine support maildir, so I guess it doesn't do
that natively. It almost looks like mbox (agreed -- it isn't good) is the
one way to go if you want to use both Alpine (without patching) and
Thunderbird. Is that so? Or maybe Tbird can use mix.
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