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Pine is a terminal based email program. That means that you use it from inside a terminal window by typing:

~> pine

This program is especially good when you have low bandwidth access. Some CCRMA users prefer this program to any others. Conveniently, it uses the same IMAP folder as Webmail ('mail': see IMAP below) so that you can configure all your mail clients to source the same set of folders (the joy, as it were, of IMAP).

Here's what it looks like:


It is a very simple program based on the 'pico' text editor. It does take some getting used to however. Its advantage is that it requires less internet bandwidth to work, so it's great for quick reads and access in remote locations. Lots of CCRMA folks love this program, so don't hesitate to ask around. There is no mouse interaction, but lots of arrow and single text key input for navigation and email functions.


With CCRMA Webmail you can access your email from a web browser by visiting:

Type you username and password in the login field and you are in. If it's your first time using the program, it will ask you to specify some settings then bring you to your Inbox. Webmail defaults to the 'mail' directory (in your home directory '~/mail') for storing your various email folders. This folder is convenient for use with IMAP clients as well.

Webmail also allows manipulations of files and directories in your home directory through 'WebDisk.' Check that out.

Configuring Email Clients at the Linux Workstations at CCRMA: Evolution, Thunderbird, KMail

SMTP Outgoing

SMTP Server: localhost



Secure server connection: SSL

With these more advanced email clients you can read your email at CCRMA. Unfortunately, at the moment our IMAP server is woefully out of date and we are working hard to get this together. So, in the meantime please use POP or 'local delivery.'

Configuring your personal Email Clients with IMAP and SMTP

CCRMA recommends secure IMAP (rather than POP) for your personal Email clients (Apple Mail, Outlook, and any Linux clients). Secure POP is, however, available.

SMTP Outgoing

From inside Stanford

To send email from inside the Stanford network (campus wide), you can point any email client to:

Authenticatioin is not required.

From outside Stanford

For users with a SUID, Stanford offers a 'roaming' smtp server, which requires authentication with your SUID username and password:

As part of this configuration, don't forget to enable: "This server requires authentication" (or some such statement) and enter your SUID and password. In the end, you can configure your email client to send using this server, whether or not you are inside the Stanford network. So, if you plan to take your machine off campus at all, you may want to just use this option.

If you don't have a SUID, you will have to use for outgoing email while on campus, but use your own ISP SMTP server (e.g. for outgoing mail. If you are not at home, or don't know the SMTP server for your location, you'll have to use CCRMA Webmail or pine to send CCRMA email. Or use X11 display forwarding, and use one of the Linux clients display forwarded to your machine, which is like sending email locally from a CCRMA workstation (and thus from within the Stanford network).



Secure server connection: SSL

Local Delivery

server: localhost


Since we are using SpamAssassin for spam control at CCRMA using the .forward system of forwarding is no longer desirable, because the .forward file is accessed and its function is carried out before that of .procmailrc. So, your email gets forwarded before it gets processed through SpamAssassin and filters. Forwarding is therefor better done in .procmailrc. See [1] for how to do this.