Installing Pine on Ubuntu


Ah, the good old days: sitting in a dank corner of the university library on a rock-solid UNIX terminal, emailing far-away friends with Pine, the coolest email client ever made.

Unfortunately, Pine is not included in the Ubuntu repositories, so if you want it, you have to find it and install it yourself. I really wanted to use Pine to access Gmail via POP3. The following instructions will help you download and install Pine on Ubuntu and configure it as a POP client for your Gmail account.

(1) Download Pine. Open a terminal and paste the following code after the prompt.


(2) Install Pine. Once the .deb package is downloaded, you’ll be prompted to install it.

Do you wish to:
- I)nstall the package now,
- S)ave it to a file, or
- Q)uit now
Your choice (I/S/Q)? I
Installation of Debian packages needs to be done as root.
Enter command used to become root (default=sudo): sudo

If you run into any problems with missing dependencies (as I did), simply install the requested file using apt-get. I was missing libssl0.9.7, and a simple sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.7 did the trick.

(3) Configure Gmail for POP3. In the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail Inbox, click “Settings” and then select the “Forwarding and POP” tab. In the “POP Download” section, I checked the radio button next to “Enable POP only for mail that arrives from now on,” since I didn’t want all of my archived messages downloaded onto my local machine. If you run into trouble, try consulting this Google help snippet.

(4) Configure Pine for POP3. From the Pine main menu, select “Setup,” then from the setup menu choose “Config.” In the Setup Configuration menu, you’ll make four changes:

(a) personal-name = Your Real Name

(b) smtp-server = Paste the code below, except replace YOU with your Gmail username.

(c) inbox-path = Paste the code below, except replace YOU with your Gmail username.


(d) Scroll down a ways and check “enable-incoming-folders” under the “Folder Preferences” subheading.

That’s it! Be sure to visit the Pine Information Center for FAQs, a Beginner Tutorial, and the full Pine documentation. Enjoy!


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