Introduction to Alpine

Alpine is a text-based email client developed by the University of Washington.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

Alpine Dependencies


OpenLDAP-2.4.46, MIT Kerberos V5-1.16.1, Aspell-, Tcl-8.6.8, and Linux-PAM-1.3.0

User Notes:

Installation of Alpine

Install Alpine by running the following commands:

LIBS+="-lcrypto" ./configure --prefix=/usr       \
                             --sysconfdir=/etc   \
                             --without-ldap      \
                             --without-krb5      \
                             --without-pam       \
                             --without-tcl       \
                             --with-ssl-dir=/usr \
                             --with-passfile=.pine-passfile &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

LIBS+="-lcrypto": Enable linking to openssl. Additional linker flags are required for Linux-PAM-1.3.0, -lpam, and for MIT Kerberos V5-1.16.1, -lkrb5.

--without-ldap: Disables LDAP support.

--without-krb5: Disables Kerberos support.

--without-pam: Disables Linux-PAM support.

--without-tcl: Disables TCL support.

--with-ssl-dir=/usr: Sets the root path to OpenSSL libraries and include files.

--with-passfile=.pine-passfile: Sets the password cache file.

--without-ssl: Disables OpenSSL support.

Configuring Alpine

Config Files


Configuration Information

It is not required to manually edit any configuration files to use the Alpine email client. Users can configure Alpine using the graphical configuration menu, which stores the changes in ~/.pinerc.


Installed Programs: alpine, pico, pilot, rpdump, and rpload
Installed Libraries: none
Installed Directories: none

Short Descriptions


is the Alpine mailer.


is a standalone text editor similar to the Alpine message composer.


is a standalone file system navigator.


is a utility for downloading a pinerc or address book to the local machine.


is a utility for uploading a local pinerc or address book to an IMAP server.

Last updated on 2018-08-27 15:41:22 -0700