Read or View an Attachment from Pine Mail
1. Three stages are involved in reading
a Pine Mail attachment. These directions will list the three stages
and then present step-by-step directions for doing all three stages.
You must save the attachment
to your UNIX directory where it becomes a UNIX file
You must download the
attachment (now a UNIX file) to your PC where it becomes a PC file
You must open your PC file
in the appropriate software such as Word for a doc file or Netscape
for a jpeg, jpg, bmp or gif file.
an attachment from Pine to your Unix directory
1. Log onto UNIX (ie. copland or
strauss). Go into Pine mail. Bring up the message that contains
the attachment. It might look like this:
Notice that two Parts/Attachments
are listed. Part 1 is highlighted, and labeled "Shown 8 lines
Text". This is the text of the note, which you can read. Part
2 is labeled " 5.2 KB
Image,""" and is not highlighted. This is the attached file.
It cannot be viewed in Pine. To save it as a UNIX file, press V
and then S, to save. The screen
will change and your cursor will be at the bottom of a mostly blank page,
where you are prompted to save the file. In our example, since the
attachment was named "arrow.jpg", the
save prompt will look like this:
Copy attachment to file in home directory: arrow.jpg
2. The cursor will be blinking at the end
of this save prompt. Press the Enter
key to save the file with the suggested name (eg. arrow.jpg) or type in
a new name and press Enter.
name of the file. You will need to recognize it when you download from
UNIX to your PC.
3. Press the <key
twice to exit back to the mail index. Then exit Pine mail.
Downloading a File from UNIX to your PC
Double-click the File Express icon, located
in the Communications folder or on the desktop. It looks like this:
The FTP window appears. If the Host
Name box is empty, click in it and type the name of the UNIX computer you
want to access (e.g. copland.udel.edu).
Click in the User ID: and Password: boxes
and type your Unix name (e.g. myname)and password (it will appear as *****).
The screen will look like this:
Click the OK
Downloading files: Your UNIX directory
is listed under Remote System (right column). Locate the file
you want to download. It
will have the same name as when you saved it in step 1.
The FTP window shown below that appears when
you connect is divided into two parts. The area on the right represents
your home directory on the remote host (e.g. copland) and lists the files
in it. Similarly, the window on the left gives information about the drives
and directories or folders on the local computer (your PC).
Closing File Express:
Highlight the file to be transferred
by clicking on its name on the appropriate side of the FTP window. The
UNIX file "arrow.jpg" has been selected in the following example:
Under the two columns, you will see three
radio buttons, marked ASCII, Binary
and Auto. It should be set to
The transfer buttons are located between the
two columns and look like this: .
The arrows indicate the direction in which the transfer takes place
The left arrow button transfers or downloads
files from the remote computer on the right to the local computer on the
left. (The right arrow button transfers or uploads
files from the local computer on the left to the remote computer on the
Click the left arrow
or download button to
transfer the file to UNIX.which the transfer takes place
The transfer usually takes a matter of seconds.
Sometimes it is instantaneous and you hear only a melodious sound to indicate
that the file has been transferred. You can click the Refresh
button on the Local System (left column) to see if you have successfull
downloaded the file. If you see the file listed under Local System after
you have clicked Refresh, you know
that you have been successful.
your attachment (now a PC file) in the appropriate software.
Click the Exit
button in the lower right hand corner of the File Express box to close.
There is no hard and fast rule about what
software will read your attachment from Pine mail, which by this point
is a file on your local PC. The most common types of attachments
sent are word processed files (journal articles, chapters from textbooks,
etc.), pictures (photographs and images) and sound files. Each attachment
(now a PC file) needs to be opened in software that will read that particular
type of files. In general:
Open journal articles, chapters, and other
word processed files in a word processor on your PC such as Microsoft Word.
A file that ends in .doc is almost certainly a Word file and can be opened
in Word. A file that ends in .wpd is probably a Word Perfect file
and can be opened in Word Perfect.
Open photographs, pictures and other image
files in Netscape, Photo Shop, Paint Shop, Lview, or other software that
can read picture files. A file that ends in .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or
.bmp is an image file. To open an image file in Netscape, Click on
File, then Open Page, then Choose File. Find the file on your hard
disk by selecting All files in the Files of type: prompt in the Open dialog
box, and looking through your hard disk using the Look in feature.