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A. Any POSIX compliant UNIX or similar OS eg. Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris GTK+ 1.2.6 or later A recent ANSI C compiler (gcc 220.127.116.11 should also work) Note: it is reported that Sun C will not compile Sylpheed. Optionally:
A. When you run Sylpheed for the first time, it will ask you where you want to store your mailboxes. The default is <homedir>/Mail. You can change this to anything you like as long as it is a valid directory name.
Please note: When Sylpheed is executed for the first time, it automatically creates the configuration files under $HOME/.sylpheed/, and asks you the location of mailbox. The default is $HOME/Mail. If some files which are non-MH format already exist on the directory, you will have to specify another location.
A. Sylpheed reports such an error if it can't create the default mailboxes (inbox, outbox, etc ...). This can be because <homedir>/Mail already contains files with the same names. This occurs when switching from Kmail to Sylpheed, in this case backup and remove the existing Mail directory or use another name for the Sylpheed mail directory.
A. After loading Sylpheed for the first time, you can add an e-mail account by clicking the "Configuration" menu. Select the option "Create new account" and fill in the appropriate fields.
A. The number is unlimited. The limit is reached when your computer stops responding.
2.6 Q06 Why does Sylpheed not delete my mails when I press "delete"? I set a filter, and Sylpheed does not filter. I moved a mail to a different mailbox and it did not move.
A. You have to click the "execute" button. The other solution: in the configuration settings (common preferences -> interface tab) you have to check the "execute commands immediately" box.
A. Yes, you can. In the configuration per account you can specify the exact port addresses you want to use.
A. Yes. You can switch it on and off in the Summary Menu, just select "Thread View" or press Ctrl+T.
A. Absolutely. This is no problem.
A. You need to create at least one account in order to send. (This is a wonderful gotcha on LAN installs with only a local mailbox feed).
A. Copy patch to sylpheed directory Apply the patch:
Or, if it's gzipped:
A. You have to have a package called
A. The faces package contains a program called xbm2ikon script, which converts a 48x48 xbm to the format suitable for compface. Thanks to Jeff Dairiki, you can have a complete online course in this. Visit this page for the details.
A. In the settings part of the program, write
Specific options for typical browsers:
A. When compiling Sylpheed, make sure you add
A. For this to work you need to use the "touch" command in every MH folder. "touch" the file .xmhcache and Mutt should do just fine.
A. In case this happens, you can easily fix that by adding the following to /etc/mime.types:
A. For this you can do several things:
* Look at the Sylpheed patch page at http://www.thewildbeast.co.uk/sylpheed/ for a new mail patch.
* Download Gkrellm or a similar program that is able to notify you of new incoming mail. Gkrellm is available at the Gkrellm page
A. Yes. You can use ispell for this. In Common Preferences, in the spot where you can define an alternative editor (as long as you do not use that, of course), you enter "xterm -e ispell %s". Do not enter the quotes. With this set up, you can have spell checked when writing an e-mail by hitting the "Editor" button in the compose window.
Note that you can enter the xterm type of your choice, so wterm, eterm and aterm should also work, as long as they are installed on your system.
A. In the Configuration menu, Preferences for current account, Send tab, check Add user-defined header and press Edit button. A dialog appears, add a header named "X-Face" and fill the value field with your face data. Note that if you paste the data from a terminal into the field some spurious newlines can be added, and these can mangle your face, be careful.
A. The cvs versions are meant to be used by developers rather than "normal" users, so the source (or binary) distributions are easier to use.
- Yeah, but the latest features from cvs really look sexy...
You need to generate the configure script by running "autgen.sh". Be sure to have autoconf and automake packages installed for this.
2.22 Q22 Running "autogen.sh" gives errormessages that "AM_PATH_GDK_PIXBUF" or "AM_PATH_(whatever)" is not found.
A. There are some *.m4 files in the "ac/missing" directory. Try to copy them into the "ac" directory and run "autogen.sh" again.
If there are still some .m4 files not found (e.g. those from Gtk), try to run
% locate m4 | lessor
% locate aclocal | lessto find additional directories containing those macros. If you find e.g. a "gtk.m4" in "/opt/gnome/share/aclocal", change following line in "autogen.sh" from
aclocal -I ac \to
aclocal -I ac -I /opt/gnome/share/aclocal \and run it again.
2.23 Q23 I dont want to compile in support for ... any longer, but after running "configure", those libraries are still used.
A. Remove the "config.cache" file and run "configure" again. You should also use "make clean" to avoid undefined references.
A. The MIME-type->application associations are kept in /etc/mailcap.
A. The extension->MIME-type associations are kept in /etc/mime.types
A. You need to update Sylpheeds cache. Right click on the mailbox and choose "rescan folder tree".
A. Sylpheed keeps its configuration files in $HOME/.sylpheed/sylpheedrc and creates default entries, if none are found. So the easiest way is to quit sylpheed, temporarily renaming your $HOME/.sylpheed e.g. to *.bak and restarting sylpheed in order to get default entries.
A. Here are the most common variables:
A. In most cases, this is caused by fonts, that use an unsuitable encoding.
Standard Sylpheed currently doesnt offer all font settings in the settings window, so if you take a look into your $HOME/.sylpheedrc, you will find some more font entries in the following form:
bold_font=-unknown-Helvetica-bold-r-normal-*-*-110-*-*-p-*-iso8859-1The last two entries ("iso8859" and "1") define the encodig. You can try to use wildcards ("*") or force a specific encoding.
bold_font=-unknown-Helvetica-bold-r-normal-*-*-110-*-*-p-*-*-*You should also make sure that your environment variables regarding locale settings have sensible values.
A. In the source distribution, you can find some scripts in the "tools" subdirectory, maybe your application is supported. You can also try to export your old mailbox to MH or MBOX format.
Tip: Take a look at the "harvest addresses" function from the "tools" menu, it could be a useful alternative or addition, when importing your old contacts.
A. Sylpheeds config files can be found in $HOME/.sylpheed. They are in plain text format and quite easy to understand, so dont fear to take a look into them using a texteditor.
A. You can use enscript for this. Use enscript %s to print everything on one page, or enscript -U2 %s for printing two logical pages on one physical page.
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