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Sat, May 03, 2008 4:59 pm

Alpine on CentOS

I've been using Pine from the University of Washington as my email client for a long time. Pine is an acronym for Program for Internet News & Email. But Pine is no longer under development. The University of Washington has developed a successor package, Alpine, which it has released under the Apache License. When I set up a CentOS 5.1 system, I decided to install Alpine on it.

Alpine is available through RPMForge, a repository for Linux packages in the RPM format. To install Alpine, I downloaded the rpmforge-release package from RPMforge/Using and then installed it with rpm.

# rpm -Uhv rpmforge-release-0.3.6-1.el5.rf.x86_64.rpm

That placed two new files, mirrors-rpmforge and rpmforge.repo in /etc/yum.repos.d. I installed the yum-priorities plugin as described in RPMForge Packages and Yum Priorites and set the RPMForge repository to a lower priority than the default CentOS repository.

I installed Alpine with yum install alpine.

  1. Alpine E-Mail Client Released -- Don't Call it a Comeback
    By Michael Calore
    December 21, 2007
    Wired Blogs
  2. Alpine Messaging System
    University of Washington
  3. RPMForge

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