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September 11th, 2008, 01:45 AM

I need a command line mail client that will get emails, put any attachments into a folder with a text file of the message body and remove the email.

Any suggestions?


September 11th, 2008, 02:42 AM
is pine still around? can't that access pop3 accounts?

look here for some reviews.

September 11th, 2008, 02:52 AM

I need a command line mail client that will get emails, put any attachments into a folder with a text file of the message body and remove the email.

Any suggestions?


Hi there,
you could try using 'pine'

EDIT: solitaire beat me to it :P


September 11th, 2008, 05:04 AM
Pine isn't in the Ubuntu repos because of funky licensing. try alpine, which a a clone of pine. In fact thats why we have nano instead of pico (pico was part of the pine package).

apt-cache policy alpine
Installed: (none)
Candidate: 1.0+dfsg-3
Version table:
1.0+dfsg-3 0
500 http://mirror.anl.gov hardy/universe Packages

September 11th, 2008, 10:53 AM
This seems to be more than I need.

I need a very simple client that will pull from a external pop3 account, and put the atachment in a folder. And send email back to the same server. Haviing to setup sendmail or postfix seems alot to do this...?

Thank you for the help so far


September 11th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Mutt is another option
Description: text-based mailreader supporting MIME, GPG, PGP and threading
Mutt is a sophisticated text-based Mail User Agent. Some highlights:
* MIME support (including RFC1522 encoding/decoding of 8-bit message
headers and UTF-8 support).
* PGP/MIME support (RFC 2015).
* Advanced IMAP client supporting SSL encryption and SASL authentication.
* POP3 support.
* ESMTP support.
* Message threading (both strict and non-strict).
* Keybindings are configurable, default keybindings are much like ELM;
Mush and PINE-like ones are provided as examples.
* Handles MMDF, MH and Maildir in addition to regular mbox format.
* Messages may be (indefinitely) postponed.
* Colour support.
* Highly configurable through easy but powerful rc file.
Homepage: http://www.mutt.org/
Bugs: mailto:ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com
Origin: Ubuntu
Task: mail-server

September 11th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Again with mutt you need sendmail and others setup, I was hoping for one client i can put my pop3 account details in, like the ease of setup like thundberird but commandline only...

Thanks Sol

September 11th, 2008, 11:21 AM
(Al)pine is an interactive text-mode email client. I interpret the OP:s request as wanting a non-interactive program to process the mail.

I haven't tried this myself, but I think a combination of fetchmail and procmail can do what you want. This tutorial (http://www.ioncannon.net/system-administration/97/using-fetchmail-and-procmail-for-maildir-style-storage-from-a-pop3-account/) may get you started.

The tutorial doesn't tell you how to extract attachments, but I think this can be done with procmail.

September 11th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Checking that link now, will remember to specify non-interactive in future questions.


September 11th, 2008, 03:38 PM
Not found the right thing yet, found some thing for sending, nails, now im looking for a resiving version, where i can make one command i.e.

mailProgram --reciveMail --outputText --pop mail.***.com message.txt

If that makes it any more clear.


September 13th, 2008, 06:37 PM
What about Mail?

I think it can be used in conjunction with exim.

A simple program that will allow you to send email from the command line.

July 26th, 2009, 02:22 PM

Did you find the solution to this? I need exactly the same thing. In fact I don't even need incoming mail. I just need to be able to send a mail out to gmail automatically from a shell script.