Alpine is a console based free software email client developed at the University of Washington.

The following examples are based on a fictive user account with user name hmuster, first name Hans and last name Muster. Please replace all occurrences in text that you copy with your real email account information. Students must also change to


If you have not previously set up Alpine then remove ~/.pinerc if it is already there and create a new ~/.pinerc with the content below. Otherwise just edit your existing ~/.pinerc and make sure that the following definitions are there:

personal-name=Hans Muster
customized-hdrs=From: "Hans Muster" <>
folder-collections=Mail {}[]
disable-these-authenticators=GSSAPI "/base=ou=staff, o=ethz, c=ch/nick=n.ethz directory"

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