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gmcdavid
I am somewhat old-school in a lot of ways, and still use a character-based e-mail client, Alpine. I have been reconfiguring my home network, and moved my e-mail files and client from one Linux computer (Down, running Ubuntu) to another (Antrim, running Debian). Of course, with ssh I can get at my e-mail from all the computers here. For the record, three programs had to be installed on the new system, and their configuration files copied:

  1. alpine
  2. fetchmail
  3. procmail
The last two times I have done this I forgot about procmail's configuration file. As a result my incoming mail went to /var/spool/gmcdavid, while alpine (following its configuration file) was expecting it to be in /home/gmcdavid/mail/Inbox. Either would work, but you have to be consistent. So fetchmail would say that it had retrieved n messages, but when I opened Alpine I would find an empty inbox. I need my procmail configuration file to get mail to the right inbox.

Some of you may be wondering why I bother with this cumbersome setup. My answer: It is fast. I get a lot of e-mail, and need to go through it quickly. A character-based client like Alpine or Mutt is much faster than Thunderbird and its kin, especially on the older hardware I have here.
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