> I use Pine on two boxes - one with Mandrake 5.3 with pine 4.04 and one
> with SuSE 6.3 and pine 4.10. 4.04 seems to use /var/spool/mail/niall as
> its inbox and to manipulate that e.g. if it deletes messages. 4.10 OTOH
> copies the messages into ~/mbox. Was that a version change or is it a
> configuration thing ? I've looked in both config files but I can't see the
> relevant difference.
I discovered this in /usr/doc/pine-4.10/tech-notes.txt:
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This variable is a list of mail drivers which will be disabled. The
candidates for disabling are listed below. There may be more in the
future if you compile Pine with a newer version of the c-client
The mbox driver enables the following behavior: if there is a file
called mbox in your home directory, and if that file is either empty
or in Unix mailbox format, then every time you open INBOX the mbox
driver will automatically transfer mail from the system mail spool
directory into the mbox file and delete it from the spool directory.
If you disable the mbox driver, this will not happen.
It is not recommended to disable the driver which supports the system
default mailbox format. On most non-SCO systems, that driver is the
unix driver. On most SCO systems, it is the mmdf driver. The system
default driver may be configured to something else on your system;
check with your system manager for additional information.
It is most likely not very useful for you to disable any of the
drivers other than possibly mbox. You could disable some of the others
if you know for certain that you don't need them but the performance
gain in doing so is very modest.
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Hope this helps,
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