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How do I create sub-folders (nested folders) in Thunderbird?

Subfolders (nested folders) allow you to organize your mailboxes in multiple levels of folders. This can be helpful in sorting and managing large numbers of mailboxes.

When you use the New Folder... command in Thunderbird, by default it creates an actual mailbox within your IMAP folder or your Local Folders. You cannot add a subfolder to a mailbox.

To nest folders within your IMAP directory on the server:

How do I start Firefox or Thunderbird when it is stating that my 'profile is in use'?

With Netscape:

rm $HOME/.netscape/lock

or

rm ~/.netscape/lock

For Mozilla:

rm $HOME/.mozilla/*/*/lock

or

rm ~/.mozilla/*/*/lock

For Firefox:

rm $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/*/lock
rm $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/*/.parentlock

or

rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/lock
rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/*/.parentlock

For Thunderbird:

rm $HOME/.thunderbird/*/lock
rm $HOME/.thunderbird/*/.parentlock

or

How do I attach a file to an e-mail message?

In pine:

1. Type C to compose your message.

2. Type the e-mail address you want to send to on the To: line.

3. Go to the line Attchmnt: and type Control-J

4. On the bottom of the screen it will say File to attach:

Either type in the filename or type Control-T to browse through your files. Use the arrow keys to scroll through the files and use the 'Enter'/'Return' key to select the file.

How do I decode a base 64 encoded 'attachment' that is embedded in a mail message?

If you receive an e-mail with an attachment embedded within:

.. 1) save the e-mail as a plain text file

2) edit the e-mail and remove any headers

Delete everything before and including the lines that look like:

Content-Disposition: attachment; filename='13234.pdf' ^M
^M

Delete everything including and after the lines that look like:

------------- End Forwarded Message -------------^M
^M
^M

3) At a terminal line, type:

mimencode -u name_of_text_file -o new_file

How do I change my Reply-to address in pine?

By default, your reply-to address it the address from which you send the message.You can change this so that replies go to another address.
1.) Run pine
2.) select S for Setup
3.) select C for Configure
4.) type W for Where is
5.) type customized and type return.

customized-hdrs = No Value Set

6.) type A, then type:

Reply-to: username@address.edu

7.) Hit return
8.) select E for Exit
9.) type Y to save your changes

How do I open up an e-mail attachment with a .max extension?

If you receive an e-mail with an attachment containing the extension max, here is how you can open the file.

1) If you are on a Unix/Linux machine:
Click on the Windows icon on the bottom of your screen.

If you are on a Windows machine:
Go to Step 3. If you do not see Paperport Viewer, you may need to have
it installed for you.
2) Login, using the password you were assigned when you first arrived.

3) Click on Start->Programs->Paperport->Paperport Viewer. This will open the viewer.

4) File->Open. Select the file

How do I let people know that I'll be on vacation?

Use the Unix vacation program. The vacation program will only send an auto-reply to each person who sends you mail only once, so it's best to include your return date. Also, vacation will not send auto-replies to mailing lists (it only replies to messages that have your address in the To: field)
Open up a terminal window and type:

How do I access the rest of my home directory via the IMAP server, right now I can only access the subfolder ~/mail?

The IMAP server is configured by default to only show you the files that appear under the subfolder ~/mail by default. This is so that when your client connects to the IMAP server, it will not download a listing of your entire directory (which could take considerable time for the average user). To restore the old functionality of viewing your entire directory, you must specify the mail server root directory in your client. This setting appears under the advanced IMAP properties in most versions of netscape and the IMAP tab for Outlook.

How do I set my backspace key?

Sometimes you may get the ^? character when hitting the backspace key.
There are several different ways to set your backspace key when this happens

  1. Type CTRL-h instead of using backspace
     
  2. Since backspace works at the command line, you will can set it using the following:

    At command line, type:

    CTRL-V and the backspace character

    You should see something like:

    stty erase ^?

    The next time you run mail, it should take the change. However, when you log out, the backspace will be re-set.
     

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