Handling Mail on Debian

Cheryl Homiak chomiak at charter.net
Mon Oct 4 16:39:24 UTC 2004

First of all, I'd advise you to make sure you have exim and not exim4; 
exim is a version 3. When I reinstalled, both were apparently installed 
and exim4 gave me all kinds of problems. If you have exim installed, you 
can use eximconfig to configure it or you can edit the /etc/exim/exim.conf 
It's been a long time since I installed mutt, but I think I had to create 
my own .muttrc. There are some good resources if you use google that show 
.muttrc files; otherwise, I'm sure I and others could send you samples.
I believe I've told you this before, but you don't have to use mutt if you 
want to continue to use Pine. There's a deb package for pine right on the 
pine site; you just download it and do
dpkg -i
with the name of the package.

By the way, this may not happen to you but I've had some mail mysteriously 
disappear recently when using exim and fetchmail--just since this last 
debian reinstall. If you have a problem, it is quite possible to fetch 
your mail with mutt. Sometimes i fetch mail with mutt and read it in Pine, 
though of course I can also read it in mutt.


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