Pine and IMAP

RW fbsd06 at
Thu Apr 10 12:12:00 UTC 2008

On Wed, 09 Apr 2008 21:39:26 -0700
Chris Maness <chris at> wrote:

> I have been using a local pine client in conjunction with IMAP for
> years without issues.  However, recently, it looks like when pine
> moves mail to the mbox file, it hoses up my ability to use my imap
> clients.  Has something changed so that I cannot use pine as a local
> client?  It looks like I might be able to use pine through IMAP ok,
> but not like I used to.

If you have a file called mbox in your home directory, pine will move
the contents of your inbox there and treat the file as your inbox -
the point is to avoid having large amounts of mail in a local spool
directory. I presume that by "hoses up my ability to use my imap
clients" you are just referring to the fact that pine has moved the mail

If you move the mail out of your pine inbox, you can then remove the
empty file. Pine doesn't create this file by default, it was probably
put there by another client - I have seen mutt do this.  

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