To setup email in any program that is not already configured to do so, you will need the following settings:
Outgoing mail server: outgoing.mit.edu, never use a secure
(SSL) connection, no username required
Incoming mail server: poXX.MIT.EDU (where XX is a number) You can find your incoming mail server by entering
at the Athena prompt.
athena% hesinfo $USER pobox
In general, we recommend that you use IMAP, as it stores your mail on the mail server, and allows you to read your mail anywhere. With POP, your mail is downloaded onto your computer, and deleted from the server. You can find more about the difference in these protocols in our previous mail column at http://www.mit.edu/~asksipb/2002columns/2002-11-08-email/.
The other recommended and officially supported program to read mail on Athena is Pine. Unlike Evolution, Pine is a text-based program. You can start Pine by tping
athena% evolution &
When you start Pine for the first time, you will get a message asking whether you want to run Athena or SIPB Pine. We recommend that you use Athena Pine, as you are less prone to run into problems or unexpected behavior.
At Friday's Activities Midway, you will likely end up on many such mailing lists that student groups use to notify members of events and other information.
mailmaintis a menu-driven program that you can use to manage mailing lists. Simply type
athena% mailmaintto run it.
blancheis a command-line program that also allows you to manage mailing lists.
To add a user to a mailing list (the
-a stands for add):
To remove a user from a mailing list (the
athena% blanche listname -a username
-dstands for delete):
To get information about a mailing list (the
athena% blanche listname -d username
-istands for info):
athena% blanche listname -i
|Mailing List Name||What It's Used for|
|netusers||netusers is a low-traffic mailing list is provides notification of network events, like outages or security problems. For example, the recent blocking of port 135 to and from the dormitory networks was sent to this mailing list. Though similar information often appears on 3-DOWN, details are generally provided on this list. General security vulnerabilities are also sent to this list.|
|release-announce||release-announce is a low-traffic mailing list that provides notification of new releases of Athena, including security patches and other changes, such as updates to non-locker software.|
|athena-outage-redist||athena-outage-redist is a member of the list athena-outage, which provides notification of outages of Athena services, such as maintenance of file or print servers.|
|reuse||reuse is a high-traffic mailing list dedicated to the posting and claiming of free items at MIT. When users have something they would otherwise throw away, they often e-mail this list. Then, other members of the community go to pick up the item, subsequently e-mailing the list to let other users that the item has been taken. See http://web.mit.edu/pocky/Public/reuse.txt for details, including rules for the list, which you should read if you decide to subscribe. The lists reuse-ask and reuse-sell lists, which are included in the rules page, also exist for asking for items, and selling items, respectively.|
athena% blanche listname -ias mentioned above. Such lists will have an AFS group called
system:listnamewhich you can use to allow read-only access, read and write access, or full access to a directory of your choice. Thursday's column will cover this topic in more detail.