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Janina Sajka janina at
Sun Jun 25 11:48:04 EDT 2000

Hi, Brett:

I just wanted to drop you note about how I handle mail on my notebook
computer. Needless to say, it's off-line a lot. First, it's not my main
machine when I'm in the office, and it's off-line a lot when I travel
because I'm on a plane, or something. Becides, in places like Europe, it's
far too expensive to just leave it up online from one's hotel room.

So, here's what I do. I hope it helps you:

1.)	I use fetchmail to get all of my incoming mail from my isp after
establishing a ppp connection;

2.)	Since I use sendmail as my mailor, I then issue the command --

	sendmail -q0

	that's send mail dash q zero

to dump the messages that have been qued for transmittal.

This works because sendmail is not loaded as a daemon on my system. It's
only active when I issue the command above, or another specific sendmail

This way, I can write all the messages I want in Pine without trouble,
whether or not I'm writing on the airplane, or at my desk in my room, and
whether or not I'm online when I write them. They're simply qued for later
transmittal, which is accomplished by the sendmail -q0 command once I'm

PS: I've also set the smtp address in my Pine configuration to my isp.


				Janina Sajka, Director
				Information Systems Research & Development
				American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

janina at

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