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I am using Alpine (formerly Pine) for email. I can search for words in the inbox using w and the keyword. However this searches from the oldest to the newest items which is not always efficient when I have a lot of emails in my inbox and I am looking for a recent item.

Is it possible to get Alpine to search from the newest to the oldest items?

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Yes, if you are comfortable building it from source code. (If you use features with external dependencies, such as LDAP and Kerberos, then this may be somewhat tricky.)

See http://mailman2.u.washington.edu/pipermail/alpine-info/2009-February/001753.html

Steps are:

download the .bin

apply it to the Alpine source code using "patch"

run the build per the normal instructions.

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thanks for your answer, I had kinda given up hope on this question... I will definitely give this a try. –  KennyPeanuts Jun 8 '12 at 13:24

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