[Pine-info] Re: unix mbox as default
josef.dalcolmo at gmx.net
Thu Jan 17 03:28:09 PST 2008
On Wed, 16 Jan 2008, Mark Crispin wrote:
> Set up a local folder collection to have "#driver.unix/" as the prefix
> for the name, e.g.,
> "Create New Mailbox" #driver.unix/mail\
ok, this works for creating a Unix mbox, but I am surprised that I cannot
see any of my mailboxes in the "Create New Mailbox" collection, even
though they are all Unix mailboxes. In order to see them, I have to open
the "Mail" collection.
I had hoped something like:
> Did you use the correct syntax, which is a prefix of "#driver.unix/"?
- no I didn't. Thanks for the correction - I'll define myself a new
keyboard macro: "a\n#driver.unix/mail\" as a workaround.
Otherwise I have found no significant difference between working with unix
mboxes and mbx. The only difference seems to be when Alpine is reading the
unix mbox for the first time, creating it's pseudo-messages - but then I
don't have any mbx folders to import since no other software (except
Mahogany) seems to understand mbx. As long as I am not sure if I would
switch to another mail client, I want to keep my (voluminous) mail in a
standard format, e.g. Unix mailboxes.
I'd like to process my mailboxes with Python. It seems fairly easy to read
an mbx, but it is neither fully documented, nor does it seem to stay with
us: the "new" format seems to be mix - which isn't supported by the
Windows version of Alpine (1.0) yet, and which is also not supported by
any other software. So I chose to stay with traditional Unix format for
Thanks for Alpine. I like it particularly because I can treat mail folders
just like any other files, and can have mailboxes in arbitrary places
(using folder collections). I have named all my mailboxes <something>.mbox
and associated mbox with 'alpine -i -f "%1"', allowing me to open a
mailbox by clicking on it.
The downside is: The keyboard interface is inconsistent and there is no
built-in fulltext search over all folders in a collection.
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