I teach 4 classes in the university and use pine as mail reader.

I have one folder for each class and for stuff like administration, computing, bureaucracy etc. and leave unresolved stuff in the inbox. After I solve the issue, I archive the message in its due folder.

Every time I quit alpine, it asks if I want to save the read messages in the read folder. I never do. I managed to prevent it form asking to move read and sent folders every month, but I can't find an option to disable moving read messages to read folder.

I believe I could do something like setting the Read Message Folder option as Inbox and then set Auto move read messages, but, before I try and wither get stuck in an infinite loop or risk loding stuff, I'd like to know if is there a proper way to disable it.


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uncheck "auto move read messages".

Edited: my second suggestion is to remove the value of "Read Message Folder".

  • It is unchecked. Auto move means moving without asking. I want not moving and not asking. Sep 10, 2014 at 23:20
  • Removing the value of Read Message Folder results in the message No value set: using "saved messages". Setting it to Inbox creates a new copy of each message in the inbox and marks the old ones as deleted. Still not optimal (I would need to manually expunge the messages everytime or set auto-expunge, which is a bad idea). Sep 15, 2014 at 21:08
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    @EltonCarvalho remove the value in such a way that results in the message <No Value Set>.
    – Name
    Sep 17, 2014 at 13:46
  • Ok, removing the value twice such that it shows <Empty Value> solved the issue. Thanks. Sep 17, 2014 at 22:28

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