When you receive an attachment in Pine, at the end of the corresponding email you will see a message that looks similar to the following text:

[ Part 2, Image/JPEG  47KB. ]
[ Not Shown. Use the "V" command to view or save this part. ]

This text explains what type of file and how large the attachment is. In this example, the attachment (labeled Part 2) is a JPEG or picture file and its size is 47KB. (Note: Part 1 is the text of the email itself, not an attachment.)

Using X Windows

If you are on an X Windows connection you can view this attachment simply by pressing “v” twice. X-Win32 is an X Windows emulator licensed by BU. If you have a PC running Microsoft Windows, then X-Win32 allows you to run X-based applications on a remote UNIX system. If you are using a Mac with OS X, you would use X Windows for OS X.

Using FTP

If you are not running X Windows, then you can save the attachment on your ACS account and download it to your PC or Mac using an FTP program. You may then access it from a PC or Mac. The remainder of this page describes the process for saving an attachment so you can transfer it to your PC or Mac.

Step 1: Saving from the Attachment Index

Some messages have more than one attachment and the index allows you to select the ones you want to save. To view the attachment index you can press V or > (this ViewAttach option is shown on the command list at the bottom of the Pine window, as seen below).

? Help < MsgIndex P PrevMsg - PrevPage D Delete R Reply

O OTHER CMDS > ViewAttch N NextMsg Spc NextPage U Undelete F Forward

The following text is a sample attachment index with the JPEG attachment file selected:

1    13 lines   Text/PLAIN (charset: ISO-8859-1 “Latin 1 (Western Europe)”)

2    35 KB      Image/JPEG

Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select the attachment you want to save. Remember that the text of the email that accompanied the attachment is listed as attachment 1. Be sure that you scroll down to the appropriate attachment before proceeding.

When you have selected the attachment you want, press S to save it (this Save option is shown on the command list at the bottom of the Pine window, as seen below).

? Help < Msg #1007 P PrevAttch - PrevPage D Delete S Save

O OTHER CMDS > [View] N NextAtch Spc NextPage U Undelete E Export

You then press the Return key (Ret in the command list) to accept the file name. You can change the file name before you press the Return key if you’d like. You may need to edit the file name if it contains any characters such as “/” or “,” which are not recommended.

SAVE: Copy attachment to file in home directory: SampleJPEGattachment.jpg

^G Help ^T To Files TAB Complete

^C Cancel Ret Accept

After you press the Return key (Ret), you will see a message similar to the one that appears below. Some of the information will be different, for example your BU login name will appear where the message below shows “yourloginname.” This message confirms that the attachment has been save to your home directory.

[Part 2, 47KB written to "/home/server/yourloginname/SampleJPEG.jpg"]

Step 2: Exiting the Attachment Index

To exit the attachment index and return to the email message, press the < key (Msg # in the command list) on your keyboard.

? Help < Msg #1007 P PrevAttch - PrevPage D Delete S Save

O OTHER CMDS > [View] N NextAtch Spc NextPage U Undelete E Export

Step 3: Using FTP

The attachment file has been saved to your home directory and you can now use an FTP program to retrieve and view it on a PC or Mac.