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    Dear All,

    I am using Pine to read my email from an IMAP server - when I start it up
    it will ask for username and password. I managed to get around the
    username request by including that in my INBOX path, but is there a way I
    could make Pine not ask for the password; could this process be automated?

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thanks in advance.

    George

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    On Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:23:25 +0100, George wrote:

    > I am using Pine to read my email from an IMAP server - when I
    > start it up it will ask for username and password. I managed to
    > get around the username request by including that in my INBOX
    > path, but is there a way I could make Pine not ask for the
    > password; could this process be automated?


    First of all you need to check if your version of Pine is compiled
    with support for password storage, PC-Pine has that compiled in, for
    other OSs run 'pine -version' (I think that's right) and you should
    get a list of the features available, if no line mentions 'password'
    (or similar) as a possible parameter you're out of luck.

    If you have support for password files, you need to create a file in
    the folder Pine keeps it's pinerc file in, called 'pine.pwd'; if
    this isn't there Pine won't store passwords. Of course when you
    first create it, it will be empty. If all is well Pine asks for the
    password once, then asks to store it for future use.

    --
    Chris Game

    Life would be much easier if I had the source code.

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    On Fri, 12 Oct 2007, Chris Game wrote:

    On Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:23:25 +0100, George wrote:

    > I am using Pine to read my email from an IMAP server - when I start
    > it up it will ask for username and password. I managed to get around
    > the username request by including that in my INBOX path, but is there
    > a way I could make Pine not ask for the password; could this process
    > be automated?

    If you have support for password files, you need to create a file in
    the folder Pine keeps it's pinerc file in, called 'pine.pwd'; if this
    isn't there Pine won't store passwords. Of course when you first create
    it, it will be empty. If all is well Pine asks for the password once,
    then asks to store it for future use.

    A few corrections and additions.

    * In PC-Pine the information above it correct, but it might not be in
    any other version of Pine.

    * If pine has password file support, then "pine -h" lists passfile as an
    option. In that case, you can start Pine with the command

    pine -passfile /path/to/passwordfile

    which will make Pine use the file "passwordfile" as its password file. The
    first time that this done, the file "passwordfile" must be created as an
    empty file (e.g. with the command "touch /path/to/passwordfile"). Anyone
    with access to the password file can access your account or if they are
    smart enough decrypt it, so don't use it in systems you do not trust.

    --
    Eduardo
    http://staff.washington.edu/chappa/pine/
    http://staff.washington.edu/chappa/alpine/


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