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HOWTO Install PINE on Debian

PINE is an easy to use e-mail and NNTP client for unix/linux. The PINE package also includes the easy to use editor called PICO.

Due the licence that comes with PINE, distribution of binaries are not allowed, hence there are no binary packages for debian.
However there is a source package and using the instuctions below it is relatively simple to install PINE on debian.

This applies to Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 r1 _Woody_ and PINE v4.44-4 and covers a system with only the most basic install.
You will also need an Internet connection from the debian machine.

First edit /etc/apt/sources.list (the pico clone nano is installed by default so you can use that)


deb-src stable main contrib non-free
deb-src stable/non-US main contrib non-free

Exit and save.


apt-get update
apt-get install mime-support
apt-get install dpkg-dev
apt-get install gcc
apt-get --only-source build-dep pine
apt-get --only-source -b source pine
dpkg -i pine_4.44-4_i386.deb

and if you want pico too...

dpkg -i pico_4.44-4_i386.deb

there are other packages that come with this, just check in the new directory for the .debs.

So there, it's really that simple(!).

Should you want to install PINE on a debian machine that doesn't have an Internet connection, you will have to try getting as far as generating the .debs and then moving them to the machine you need PINE on. You will need to ensure you build the .debs on a machine with the same version of debian and the same CPU type (e.g. i386).

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