Alpine versus PCpine

Alpine versus PCpine

Post by Howard Sch » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 03:34:25

Forgive my naive question but, for windows, what are the advantages of
using Alpine compared to PCpine. I realize the latter is (probably) no
longer supported, and there are differences in the license. But, since both
are similar console applications -- does Alpine possess any important or
especially useful features, that PCpine lacks?

Alpine versus PCpine

Post by nobod » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 04:41:05

For myself, the fact that Alpine is able to have multiple accounts & receive
mail from the different accounts without rebooting/resetting pine, made
a huge difference; this is with the windows version of Alpine as the
unix/linux already had the capability.

In the window Alpine, I can also click on a link in the mail & have the
firefox launched to view the necessary document; unable to do this
in the windows pcpine.

There is a capability to get multiple account mail into a single inbox like
the linux/unix, but I kinda like having separate mailboxes for the
different accounts, for now.

The 3 items are my basic important needs that Alpine satisfied; others
more likely have different priorities.


Alpine versus PCpine

Post by Nicolas KO » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 04:46:54

In my opinion, the most important difference is that Alpine has full
UTF-8 support.

It also has faster threading than Pine, allows changing From: fields
easily, and its colorization is more exhaustive.


Alpine versus PCpine

Post by somefakene » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:33:29

I'm surprised, from my point of view, there is no difference between
Alpine and PCPine in these topics. I might be wrong, but I used both
features already in PCPine.


Alpine versus PCpine

Post by Chris Gam » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:59:45

Not as useful as you might think, till the rest of the world catches

Chris Game

"When the winds of change blow, some people build walls, others
build windmills" -- Brian Maynes

Alpine versus PCpine

Post by Ralf Nadi » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:57:44

> For myself, the fact that Alpine is able to have multiple accounts &

Maybe I misunderstand, but it's possible to do this with PC-Pine. I have
email accounts with two commercial ISPs and two free email providers and
don't have to restart PC-Pine when switching amongst email accounts.
Pine's role feature is useful in this regard.

This is supported in PC-Pine via an entry in the mailcap file.

See Nancy McGough's most excellent Pine pages:


I've used both PC-Pine and Alpine. Alpine offers no functional advantage
*to me*, which is why I continue to use PC-Pine. As at least one other
poster has commented, if you need UTF-8 support or a bug fix, go with

Alpine versus PCpine

Post by anonymou » Wed, 11 Jun 2008 23:54:49

I guess that I never read the newer docs or release notes as it was
explicitly stated that multiple accounts couldn't be done without reloading
pc-pine; think things got changed from over 10 yrs ago.

Or I didn't read any about any info regarding using collection folders for
getting mail from multiple accounts. Boy, did I miss out; wouldn't have
had to use a windows graphics mail reader instead of pc-pine for too long a
time when I had problems with dual-booting into linux.