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MANA - Mail And News Agent

MANA is a mail and news agent for UNIX.

Mana is based on Pine® version 3.91, and is free software.


Recent news

* Introduced Native Language Support through the GNU gettext package. Currently, preliminary Spanish and Norwegian versions are available.

* Installation and maintenance of the program source code made easier by use of the GNU autoconf package.

* Implemented reading of news overview file, both for local news and for NNTP - quite significantly speeding up display of message headers.

* True news article threading properly implemented, with a new and quick article sort method that truly reflects article threading.

* A new Kill command supports scoring for news articles. Based on matching Subject and From headers, or matching thread, it will remove news articles that are of no interest to the reader.

* Introduced a facility for setting up and maintenance of a comprehensive filter for sorting of incoming mail by use of the procmail utility.

* The editor now has support for spell checking using ispell neatly integrated. It obeys the selected native language.

* Implemented extended Takeaddr command that also searches message body and text for probable mail addresses and URLs. Any URLs found and selected can be appended to a bookmark file.

* Implemented Takeaddr subcommand that allows application programs (e.g. Lynx, Ncftp, Mosaic) to be started based on the URLs. The URL tag to application program name bindings may be configured.

* Introduced mouse support, for both X and Linux console. The mouse can select commands, scroll text, select areas for editing and so forth.

* Command for canceling own news postings.

* The editor gets a command for search-and-replace with prompting, plus a command for writing to a file, and a command to spell check the current word.

* The editor now understands the concept of indented paragraphs.

* Support for decoding of RFC1741 binhex-coded MIME messages via the mac-binhex40 content-transfer-encoding tag.

* For support of enhanced command set, the editor now understands the Meta-key.

* The editor now has an auto-capitalization mode.

* Filename completion by use of the Tab-key introduced for commands involving filenames.

* The view mode now supports direct decoding of conventional uuencoded messages. There is also support for decoding of uuencoded MIME messages via the X-uuencode content-transfer-encoding tag.

* Reply possible within Takeaddr, for messages from people who haven't heard of the Reply-To header.

* Introduced configuration variables to enable making customized citation heading.

* Attachments will now be handled with a coding appropriate for the contents, i.e. text proper will be coded as text. Support for previous mode via a configuration option.

* Shows quoted text (with > prefix) in green.

* Rejects news postings with empty subject or empty body, and complains about news postings with too long lines and too much quoted material.

* Properly obeys Followup-to for news followups, and handles Followup-to: poster properly. When posting, a Followup-to field may be added.

* Full news thread navigation: Go to parent, sibling and child article.

* Support for decoding of headers according to RFC1522. Some (but surely not all) cases of broken coding are handled.

* Support for RFC1522 coding of 8-bit headers.

* Option for automatic deletion of already seen messages when reading news.

* Updated to the IMAP2bip toolkit 3.6.

* Implemented support for local news posting with inews.

* Proper insertion of signature separator for news messages.

* Made the question about posting to newsgroup(s) when sending mail depend on a configuration setting which defaults to off.

* Introduced cursor left and right keys to navigate through the menu levels in a consistent manner.

* Full support for Linux console keyboard.

* Support for colour, using termcap or terminfo.

* Allowed 8 bits in message headers, controlled by configuration.

* Drastically reduced size of Message-ID.

* Added configuration features that enables use of straight MIME 8bit coding instead of the Quoted Printable in news postings and email messages, respectively.


Maintainers

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Availability

A pre-release beta test version of MANA is available by anonymous FTP from http://www.kvaleberg.org/pub/mana-4.0beta.tar.gz

Legal matter

Mana is based on Pine version 3.91.

All additions to the basic 3.91 version are Copyright © 1997 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.

Mana is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

For a full copy of the GNU General Public License; see the file COPYING included in the distribution. Or write to the Free Software Foundation, 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

For all parts of Pine and Pico up to and including the 3.91 version, the following applies:

Pine and Pico are trademarks of the University of Washington. No commercial use of these trademarks may be made without prior written permission of the University of Washington.

Pine and Pico software and its included text are Copyright 1989-1994 by the University of Washington.

Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee to the University of Washington is hereby granted, provided that the above copyright notice appears in all copies and that both the above copyright notice and this permission notice appear in supporting documentation, and that the name of the University of Washington not be used in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of the software without specific, written prior permission. This software is made available \"as is\", and

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Latest update: July 12th 2000