Attaching a word-processing document to a Pine message

You can use Pine to mail a word-processed file that contains formatting features such as specific fonts, tab settings, bold, italicized, or stylized text, etc.

For example, if you are working collaboratively on a report, and you want your correspondent to receive the file in its formatted form, follow the instructions outlined here. Otherwise, your correspondent may receive a file that is unreadable has lost all of its formatting.

The general procedure to mail a formatted, word-processed file is the following:

  1. Create a file using a word-processing program. (The same word-processing program you use to create your file must be available to your correspondent.)
  2. Upload the file in binary format using the Secure Shell program for a Windows computer or the Fetch program for a Macintosh computer.
  3. Use Pine's Attach option to include the file as an attachment in the message.

NOTE

If you send a text only (ASCII) version of your file, your correspondent will be able to read the file regardless of the word-proccessing program used to create it. The drawback is that special formatting—tab settings, bold, italicized or stylized text, for example—will not transfer with the file.

Uploading a word-processed file to the central email server

After you create the file in a word-processing program, upload the file in binary format using the Secure Shell program for a Windows computer or the Fetch program for a Macintosh computer.

Attaching a word-processed file to a Pine message

The Attach option in Pine allows you to include word-processed files that retain their special formatting features.

For example, these are the steps to attach a word-processed file to a message (regardless of the word-processing program in which the file was created).

  1. Start a Pine session.
  2. At the Main Menu screen, press C to choose Compose Message.
  3. In the To field, type the email address of your correspondent.
  4. Press ENTER two times.
  5. In the Attchmnt field, press CTRL-J (^J) to choose Attach.
  6. At the bottom of the screen, you should see the following program prompt:
  7. File to attach 

    NOTE

    If you don't remember the  filename, press  CTRL-T (^T) to see a list of all the  files in your account.

  8. Highlight the name of the file you want to attach.
  9. Press ENTER.
  10. Across the bottom of the screen, you should see the following program prompt: Attachment comment

    This comment field allows you to add an additional note to your correspondent with information about the program used to create the attached file, etc.

  11. Press ENTER.
  12. NOTE

    The Attchmnt field will display the complete path and name of the file you are attaching. However, you will not be able to see the contents of the file on the screen.

  13. Press ENTER.
  14. In the Subject field, type a subject.
  15. Press ENTER.
  16. In the Message Text area, you can write a short note about the file and include the name of the program you used to create the file. Doing so will let your correspondent know which word-processing program to use to view it.
  17. Press CTRL-X (^X) to send the message.
  18. Press Y to choose Yes.