Sometimes it's very confusing to keep track of long Internet mail addresses. Pine has
an address book, which is a list of people or groups and their associated e-mail
addresses. The Pine address book is very similar to a real address book, with added
functionality. It not only lets you reference people and their e-mail addresses, but
allows you to enter a "nickname" on the To: or Cc: lines in the COMPOSE MESSAGE screen.
When you enter a nickname, Pine will automatically look in your address book, replace the
nickname by the full e-mail address, and add a real name. Here's what the Address Book
Screen looks like:
FIGURE 7: The ADDRESS BOOK Screen
Some of the Key Commands and their actions are explained below.
- Add (A)
This command adds a new person to your address book. Pine will ask you three
questions about the new user:
- The person's full name (Last, First).
- A "nickname" for this person. You can use anything that you like for this
person. This is what you will type at the To: or Cc: lines henceforth when composing a
- The full electronic mail address of the person. After you enter it here, you
don't have to remember it anymore. Henceforth, if you type what looks like a user name
without a hostname, Pine will search through your address book and try to find the
appropriate person. If it cannot find an entry, Pine will append "@helix.nih.gov" to the
- Create List (S)
You can create personal lists of names so you don't have to type in a large
number of e-mail addresses or nicknames. A list can be a group of people in the same
project or just a group of friends. Note: These lists are private -the nicknames will
only work for you. If you want to create a public mailing list, see your system
You can delete the currently selected entry from your address book by pressing
Arrow Keys/Space Bar/Minus Sign
As always, you can use the arrow keys to move your selection bar to different
locations on the screen. The space bar will scroll a full page, and the minus sign
(-) will scroll back a page.
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