mail client : imap + smtp : any lightweight options?

Ian Smith smithi at
Mon Apr 17 13:11:03 UTC 2017

In freebsd-questions Digest, Vol 672, Issue 1, Message: 6
On Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:00:36 +0530 Mayuresh Kathe <mayuresh at> wrote:
 > I have been away for a while.
 > Have been using a combination of mutt and msmtp as a client for
 > my mail system hosted with my provider attached to my personal domain.
 > There seem to have been a whole lot of changes and the mutt client
 > i had been using has undergone a whole lot of changes to the way it
 > is packaged, turning it into an abomination.
 > A little digging helped me find mutt-lite which works well, but is shown
 > to be a development branch.
 > Is there any alternative to mutt which can be considered simple yet
 > capable of being used for everyday mail related activities?
 > I checked out alpine, but the thing goes out to download Perl, which
 > is kinda scary.

Hi Mayuresh,

Can't help with mutt; I've always used pine, in recent years alpine.

The only thing 'scary' about alpine is its number of (runtime) config 
options, but I've only ever changed a few things from sane defaults.

alpine has no dependency on perl, so I'm wondering what happened there?
root at x200:/usr/ports/mail/alpine # ldd `which alpine`  # [FreeBSD 9.3]
/usr/local/bin/alpine: => /usr/local/lib/ (0x800c1b000) => /lib/ (0x800e25000) => /usr/lib/ (0x801044000) => /lib/ (0x801251000) => /lib/ (0x80149f000) => /lib/ (0x8016c2000) => /usr/local/lib/ (0x801a20000)

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cheers, Ian

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