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Mon, Nov 15, 2004 11:29 pm

Configuring Pine to Display Message Headers

Pine will show you the "Date", "From", "To", and "Subject" of a message in addition to the message's contents. But you may wish to view the full message headers to see the "Message-ID" or the "Received" headers. The Received headers allow you to view the path of a message from an originating system to your mail server. They are useful in determining if a message actually came from the purported orginator, since spammers and worms often use fake "From" addresses.

Pine allows you to display the full message headers using the "H" command. But, if you hit "H" and you see the message "[Command "h" not defined for this screen. Use ? for help]", then the command hasn't been enabled. To enable the comand so that you can use "H" to toggle the display of full message headers, take the following steps.

  1. At Pine's main menu, which is shown below, hit the "S" key for "Setup".

      PINE 4.33   MAIN MENU                         Folder: INBOX  3,280 Messages
              ?     HELP               -  Get help using Pine
              C     COMPOSE MESSAGE    -  Compose and send a message
              I     MESSAGE INDEX      -  View messages in current folder
              L     FOLDER LIST        -  Select a folder to view
              A     ADDRESS BOOK       -  Update address book
              S     SETUP              -  Configure Pine Options
              Q     QUIT               -  Leave the Pine program
       Copyright 1989-2001.  PINE is a trademark of the University of Washington.
    ? Help                     P PrevCmd                 R RelNotes
    O OTHER CMDS > [ListFldrs] N NextCmd                 K KBLock

  2. At the next menu, shown below, hit the "C" key to configure Pine.

    This is the Setup screen for Pine. Choose from the following commands:
    (E) Exit Setup:
        This puts you back at the Main Menu.
    (P) Printer:
        Allows you to set a default printer and to define custom
        print commands.
    (N) Newpassword:
        Change your password.
    (C) Config:
        Allows you to set many features which are not turned on by default.
        You may also set the values of many options with that command.
    (S) Signature:
        Enter or edit a custom signature which will
        be included with each new message you send.

  3. Scroll down through the list that appears using the cursor keys on your keyboard (or you can move up and down the list with "n" for "next" or "p" for "previous") until you find "enable-full-header-cmd" under "Advanced Command Preferences". When you've found it, hit "x" to set the value ("x" toggles values off and on). Then hit "E" to exit setup. When prompted "Commit changes ("Yes" replaces settings, "No" abandons changes)?", hit "y" to save your changes. Now when you view a message, you can just hit the "h" key to toggle the display of a message's headers on and off.

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