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       claws-mail - a GTK+ based fast email and news client


       claws-mail [options]


       Claws  Mail is an email client (and news reader) based on GTK+, running
       on X Window System, and aiming for
              * Quick response
              * Graceful, and sophisticated interface
              * Easy configuration, intuitive operation
              * Abundant features

       Currently implemented features include:
              o POP3 support
              o IMAP4rev1 support
              o integrated NetNews client
              o unlimited multiple account handling
              o thread display
              o filtering
              o MIME (attachments)
              o built-in image view
              o X-Face and (colour) Face support
              o multiple MH folder support
              o mbox importing / exporting
              o external editor support
              o message queueing
              o automatic mail checking
              o draft message function
              o template function
              o line-wrapping
              o clickable URI
              o XML-based address book
              o LDAP, vCard, and JPilot support
              o newly arrived and unread message management
              o Mew/Wanderlust-like key bind
              o printing
              o APOP authentication support
              o SMTP AUTH support
              o SSL support (POP3, SMTP, IMAP4rev1)
              o IPv6 support
              o drag & drop (partially implemented)
              o GnuPG support
              o automake + autoconf support
              o internationalization of messages by gettext
              o  support  of  many  code sets, including UTF-8 (Unicode) (when
              using libjconv)
              o support for plugins

       This list is not complete.


        --compose [address]
        --subscribe [uri]
        --attach file1 [file2]...
        --status folder[/subfolder]
        --select [#mh/mailbox/]folder[/msg|/msgid]
        --alternate-config-dir [dir]


              Default directory for mail storage

              Global program directory

              Manual files in HTML, PDF, PostScript and plain text format

              Global themes directory

              Directory for plugins

              Directory for header files

              Default directory for user’s configuration files directory

              Addressbook files

              User-defined templates directory

              User’s themes directory

              Configuration for account(s)

              User-defined custom actions

              User-defined address book custom attributes

              Claws Mail logfile

              Claws Mail output file (Windows only)

              Main configuration file

              User-specified commands

              Configuration for custom headers for sending mail

              Configuration for custom display of headers in message view

              All folders’ attributes

              Folder hierarchy listing

              Filtering and Processing function configuration

              Menu shortcut-key configuration

              User-specified searches in message bodies

              User-specified quick-search list

              User-specified searches in message bodies

              User-specified searches in message list

              User-specified tag list

              User-defined custom toolbars


       To run this program the standard way type:


       Alternatively you can run it with the following options:

       --compose [address]
              to open a Compose window

       --subscribe [uri]
              subscribe to the given URI if possible

       --attach file1 [file2]...
              open composition window with specified files attached

       --compose "mailto:%t?subject=%s&cc=%c&body=%b"
              this syntax can be used  in  web-browsers  and  CLI  to  open  a
              pre-populated Compose window

              receive new messages

              receive new messages from all accounts

              send all queued messages

              show the total number of messages
              [new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]

       --status folder[/subfolder]
              show the total number of messages in specified folder
              [new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]

              show the total number of messages per folder
              [new][unread][unread answers to marked][total]

       --select [#mh/mailbox/]folder[/msg|/msgid]
              On startup, jumps to the specified folder/message

              Start  claws-mail  in  (or switch to, if already running) online

              Start claws-mail in (or switch to, if already  running)  offline

       --help display the help message and exit

       --exit exit Claws Mail

              for debug mode

              display version number and exit

              display version number and compiled-in features then exit

              display the CONFIG-DIR and exit

       --alternate-config-dir [dir]
              start   Claws  Mail  with  the  configuration  stored  in  [dir]


       This program requires GTK+ 2.6.x or higher to be compiled.

       Please make sure that gtk-devel and glib-devel  (or  similar)  packages
       are  installed  before the compilation (you may also require flex (lex)
       and bison (yacc)).

       To compile and install, just type:

       % ./configure
       % make
       % su
       Password: [Enter password]
       # make install

       Refer to ./configure --help for further information.


       The Claws Mail Team
              Holger Berndt            <>
              Tristan Chabredier       <>
              Hoà Viêt Dinh            <>
              Andrej Kacian            <>
              Darko Koruga             <>
              Ricardo Mones Lastra     <>
              Colin Leroy              <>
              Paul Mangan              <>
              Salvatore De Paolis      <>

       Previous team members
              Keith Edmunds
              Match Grun
              Melvin Hadasht
              Oliver Haertel
              Christoph Hohmann
              Alfons Hoogervorst
              Werner Koch
              Thorsten Maerz
              Leandro A. F. Pereira
              Luke Plant
              Martin Schaaf
              Carsten Schurig
              Fabien Vantard
              Sergey Vlasov
              Hiroyuki Yamamoto


       Claws Mail Homepage

Hiroyuki Yamamoto & the Claws MJanuarym09, 2009                  Claws Mail(1)