pine and the char set thing

Darcy Burnard darcyburnard at
Tue Feb 12 17:58:26 EST 2002

To change the default character set in pine, do the following.  Go to the
main menu with m, then hit s, and then c.  Do a control-w and search for
the words  character-set.  Hit enter to change the value.  You'll probably
want to change it to
iso-8859-1, since that seems to be the most common one.

On Tue, 12 Feb 2002, Thomas Ward wrote:

> Have I kicked the habbit yet? Lol!
> In truth I did kill Windows this week. It died during an important 
> project, wouldn't reboot, so I simply blew it away, and put Linux on full 
> time.
> Anyway, does anyone know how to change the default char set for Pine? Like 
> some sort of mail rule?
> On Tue, 12 Feb 2002, Charles Hallenbeck wrote:
> > I use pine and I get to see all those char set things too, but I
> > do not mind them a lot. What happens is that pine lets you
> > configure just one char set as its "official" char set, and when
> > an arriving message uses a different one, it warns you about it.
> > Perhaps that should be elevated to a "feature" in pine that could
> > be turned on or off, but right now it is a fixed behavior.
> > 
> > Users of speakup often listen to their mail "directly" - i.e.,
> > spontaneously, as it is placed on the screen. When that happens,
> > you cannot just skip ahead three or four lines to get past those
> > char set messages. What you can do is to kill the speech when
> > those messages start to appear, but then you lose your place and
> > must use review keys to go back and find what you would have
> > heard if you had just waited for the messages to be read and
> > proceed forward with the text. I think some folks do not rely on
> > the direct or spontaneous mode, but use review for everything.
> > They can easily kill a line they do not want to hear by just
> > hitting the "next line please" key. They will not lose their
> > place in the material the way people would who rely on direct
> > reading.
> > 
> > Anyway I kind of enjoy hearing those messages; it lets me know
> > who is still using Windows and who has kicked the habit. :-) If
> > David boehlman and others ever figure out how to fix their
> > Outlook Express to use the same char set as Pine is using, they
> > will in effect be "passing" and we will never ever know for
> > sure!!!
> > 
> > So even if it wastes five or six seconds per email, I cannot get
> > excited about those pesky messages. If it becomes a selectable
> > feature of Pine in a future release, so that it could be turned
> > off, I will probably leave mine turned on. People ought to be
> > able to use the char set of their choosing as long as it does not
> > interfere with the content of their messages.
> > 
> > Chuck
> > 
> > 
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> > 
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