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Configuring PC-Pine for Windows for UW Email

Summary: This document provides specific instructions on how to configure PC-Pine for use with UW email, directory, and news services.

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Obtaining and Installing PC-Pine

PC-Pine is available in the UW Internet Connectivity Kit (UWICK) available on CD-ROM at the University Bookstore or PC-Pine can be downloaded from the PC-Pine site.

Technical Details of PC-Pine Configuration

These examples were done with PC-Pine version 4.63.

Quick Reference For Experienced Users

If you are experienced configuring Web and email client software, just use the values in the Values Summary box below.

Use These Values to Configure PC-Pine
When Mail asks you for the: It is looking for: You Enter:
Email Address Your "@u." email address*
Full Name
Your first and last name
First Last

Creating Your UW Account in PC-Pine

Installing and Setting up PC-Pine:

Run the PC-Pine install program. You will be asked to input your full name and email address. Your full name will be displayed on the "From:" line of emails you send. Click the "Next" button to move on to the next screen.
         PC-Pine config: User information
You will be asked if you want to save your password on this computer. This option will create a password file in your Windows user profile that will enable you to save your password. Once you have saved your password, opening PC-Pine will give immediate access to your account. This option is recommended to users with physically secure computers. If you wish to save your password, check the box and click the "Next" button.

        PC-Pine Config: Save Password?

Unless you wish to install PC-Pine in a non-standard installation directory, you can just click "Next" until the installation has completed. Once you have completed the installation you will be able to access PC-Pine via shortcuts on the desktop and in your Start menu.

Configuring a new PC-Pine User:

If you have already installed PC-Pine and it is configured incorrectly or you wish to change the configuration to a different user account, you can access the PC-Pine configuration program at Start->Programs->PC-Pine->Change User Information.


This will bring up the user information dialog:

       PC-Pine configuration program.

If PC-Pine has already been configured you will see the configuration information from the previous setup. Fill out the form with the correct information and click "OK". PC-Pine will be set up for use with the new user Information. If you want to delete your previously saved password, run the new user configuration program and do not check "Save my password on this computer". This will delete any previously cached password files.

Additional Optional Configuration Information

Configuring PC-Pine to Use the UW Directory (LDAP)

PC-Pine should have the UW directory defined by default. If this directory does not appear or was deleted, it can be recreated with these settings:

  1. From the main menu press 'S' then 'D'.
  2. Press 'A' to add a directory.
  3. Use the following settings to fill out the configuration page:

o=University of Washington,c=US
default (389)
UW Directory

Configuring PC-Pine to Use Authenticated SMTP

By default PC-Pine (version 4.63 and newer) downloaded from the Software Directory will use authenticated SMTP. This installation uses a local configuration file called an exceptions file to override the default settings on the deskmail servers. This enables you to use authenticated SMTP with PC-Pine but not be required to give your password when sending mail from Pine on the Uniform Access computers (e.g. homer and dante).

Directions for manually configuring Pine 4.63 (or later) for authenticated SMTP:

  1. From the Main Menu press 'S' then 'C' to access the PC-Pine configuration page
  2. Change the "smtp-server" field to: ""
  3. Press 'E' to exit the configuration page
  4. Press 'Y' to confirm the changes

Click here to learn more about using a PC-Pine exception file for customized local configurations.

Exporting Your Pine Address Book

Using PC-Pine version 4.63 and newer you can export your Pine address book to a tab delimited file which can be imported into other email clients like Mozilla Mail and Thunderbird. To export your address book in PC-Pine, follow these directions:

  1. From the main menu, press 'A'
  2. Select your address book: "{}remote_addrbook" and press 'Enter'
  3. Press ';' then 'A' to select all of the entries.
  4. Press 'A' then 'S' to save these entries.
  5. Press 'E' to export them to a file on your computer.
  6. Press 'T' to export as a Tab separated file.
  7. Specify the file you want to export to. (Press Ctrl+T to get a dialog box to choose the file)
  8. Press 'Enter' to complete the process

If you need to import your Pine address book into Outlook Express use the Pine address book export tool to export your address book as a comma separated value file. This file type can be imported into Outlook Express.

Configuring PC-Pine to Access Multiple Accounts

PC-Pine by default can only be configured to access one email account. This configuration information is stored in the Windows user registry. This allows each Windows user on a single machine to have their own configuration for PC-Pine. If you wish to access multiple email accounts using PC-Pine from one Windows user account, you can override the registry settings with the following method:

  1. Create a shortcut to the deskpine.exe executable in the PC-Pine installation directory. By default this directory is C:\Program Files\PC-Pine\.
  2. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties".
    Shortcut Properties
  3. In the target field you will need to add the following arguments:

    "-user-id=uwnetid "-personal-name=First Last" -P {<uwnetid>}/etc/pcpine.conf -p {}remote_pinerc"

    Replace "uwnetid" with your UWNetID and "First Last" with your first and last name. Also note that there need to be quotation marks placed around "-personal-name=First Last".
    Shortcut properties with arguments.
  4. Using these arguments will allow you to open any other UW email account by overriding the local settings. This method can be used for any PC-Pine configuration variable. For example: if you want to open PC-Pine but have it automatically include your name as a signature instead of the signature saved in your "remote_pinerc" file simply add -signature-file=New Signature Goes Here. This can be used for any variable in your remote_pinerc. The syntax is "-<variable name>=<value>". More information and additional command line switches can be found here.
  5. You will be able to open PC-Pine with this new user configuration using the shortcut you've created. The other shortcuts will still open the originally configured account.

Using a PC-Pine Exception File

An exception file allows a user to customize PC-Pine's behavior for a single computer without changing the behavior of any other installation of PC-Pine or Pine on the Uniform Access computers. This file is identical to the remote_pinerc file that is located on a users deskmail server. By default the UWICK installation of PC-Pine creates an exception file in the Windows user profile at Application Data\PC-Pine\PINERCEX. The file that is created by the UWICK contains settings for authenticated SMTP.

Users can edit this file to change other behavior (e.g. a different signature for home use, a third party smtp server or custom colors) by entering "exception mode" in the setup page.

  1. From the Main Menu press 'S' to enter the setup page.
  2. Press 'X' to enter exception mode. You will notice it now says "SETUP EXCEPTIONS" at the top of the screen.
  3. You can now make edits to any configuration in the setup page. When you commit these changes they will be saved to the exceptions file instead of the default pinerc file.