pine using imap/postfix on Ubuntu/Debian

If you’d like to use pine on a Ubuntu or Debian server, chances are your current email system isn’t using the old /var/mail/user way of doing things. 🙂

apt-get install alpine

ln -s /usr/bin/alpine /usr/bin/pine

Run pine to generate a ~/.pinerc file, and change the following lines


If you don’t use authenticated SMTP, just comment out smtp-server

You should probably copy this file to everyone’s home directory. Make sure to update permissions!

cd /home

for x in *; do

mv /home/$x/.pinerc /home/$x/.pinerc.bak

cp /etc/skel/.pinerc /home/$x/

chown $x /home/$x/.pinerc


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