[Alpine-info] How to re-port Alpine from 25 to 587
mbmiller+l at gmail.com
Sun Mar 22 21:50:54 PDT 2009
On Sun, 22 Mar 2009, Doug Barton wrote:
> Eduardo Chappa wrote:
>> This may mean one of two things. Either password file is not compiled
>> in, or the name of the default file is not ~/.alpine.pwd.
> Eduardo's advice is right on. I should have pointed out in my previous
> message that .alpine.pwd is not the default, I set that in my FreeBSD
> port using the configure option. IIRC the default is ~/.pine.pwd.
OK, but mine doesn't use a default at all (see below). This is what you
> In your alpine port run 'make config', enable the PASSFILE option, and
> re-install alpine. Then do this before you start it up:
> touch ~/.alpine.pwd
> The next time you enter a password it will prompt you to save it if you
So if I make a ~/.pine.pwd file, I would expect Alpine to recognize that,
but it ignores it. My Ubuntu package version of Alpine 2.00 seems not to
work that way at all. It does not remember a file. It requires, as far
as I can tell, that I start it every time with the passfile argument:
alpinenw -passfile ~/.pine.pwd
If I do not use the passfile argument, it will prompt for the password.
It's funny that different copies of Alpine work in different ways.
Thanks to Eduardo for his assistance.
I tried strace but there was no clue there that it was looking for a
password file. I looked at all the lines, several dozen, where it looked
for files. The one that it looked for and didn't find was ~/.pinercex,
but that isn't it, is it?
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