On Wed, Apr 22, 1998 at 08:00:12PM -0400, Jason Costomiris wrote: > : Mutt is, at best, a very weak replacement for Pine. As for text email > : clients, Pine has no equal and is "free enough" for most uses. If Debian > : is going to start producing a crappy distribution just because it is free, > : I will pay for one that is not. > > Weak? Uh, many of us feel that mutt is quite an order of magnitude > better. I am among those who feel this way. Why is mutt better? I'll agree with that---with some caveats... > 1) Native support for Maildir format mailboxen This is the biggest reason I didn't give up on mutt. Pine CAN support them, but the support is more a kludge right now. > 2) *much* more configurable than pine ....and *much* *HARDER* to configure than pine. Frustrated me to no end, really. Finally someone sent me a .muttrc that was close to what I wanted and I've been able to figure the rest out. > 3) Doesn't have the nasty habit of wanting to post to a newsgroup when > someone replies (not follows) to your article > 4) Doesn't try to pass itself off as a second rate newsreader I actually used pine's newsreader one time. Liked it, was fast and simple. But then, spam took over usenet and pine just CAN'T keep up. I guess it's not a problem then that I never got pine to WORK with news. > 5) Support for color This is as much a curse as a benefit, though it's listed as a "feature", I have calmed the colors a bit but kept them. > 6) Support for threaded discussions (great for mailing lists!) I'll reserve judgement about this being a good or bad thing. It's been handy for mailing lists yes, but I would like to disable it other places. It's probably possible to do it--don't ask me how just yet. > 7) It's less filling: > > /home/jcostom$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/pine > -rwxr-xr-x 1 root users 1193128 Jan 17 12:47 /usr/local/bin/pine > > /home/jcostom$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/mutt > -rwxr-sr-x 1 root mail 320948 Mar 15 22:44 /usr/local/bin/mutt You CLEARLY use maildir, doncha?
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