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2.1 What is PICO?

Pine's message composition editor is also available as a separate stand-alone program, called PICO. PICO is a very simple and easy-to-use text editor offering paragraph justification, cut/paste, and a spelling checker.

2.2 What is PILOT?

New in version 3.92, Pine's built-in file manager - used, for example, to select a file for retrieval into the body of a message being composed - is available as a stand-alone program for Unix hosts, called PILOT (for "Pine's Lister of Things").

2.3 What is MIME?

MIME stands for "Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions". It is an Internet standard which allows transfer of binary files (word-processing documents, spreadsheets, images, sounds, etc.) between any compliant mailers, such as Pine. You can get technical information about MIME from the section Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) in the Pine Technical Notes.

Ongoing discussion on MIME takes place in the newsgroup comp.mail.mime. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list about MIME that is posted regularly to the newsgroups comp.mail.mime, comp.answers and news.answers, and also accessible at the URLs: ftp://ftp.uu.net/usenet/news.answers/mail/mime-faq/
The MIME FAQ contains an appendix with useful information about MIME types.

2.4 What is IMAP?

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. It is a method of accessing electronic mail or bulletin board messages that are kept on a (possibly shared) mail server. In other words, it permits a "client" email program to access remote message stores as if they were local; Pine is such a client. For more details on IMAP, please visit the World Wide Web site The IMAP Connection at the URL:

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