To 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.

ISaving 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:

      SAVE: 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.
Remember the 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.

II. Downloading a File from UNIX to your PC

III. Opening your attachment (now a PC file) in the appropriate software.

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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
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