I’ve found Alpine’s modal behavior to be quite useful. Like Vim, Alpine wraps a lot of functionality in single keystrokes. I can type a few keys to achive more than in the browser. This is a compilation of my favorite Alpine spells.
# move emails to trash: D # permanently delete emails: D X # set up filters: S R F # select multiple messages: ; # delete all messages containing 'pattern' in subject: ; T S pattern A D # delete all messages containing 'pattern' in subject, # sent before sep/1/2019, and smaller than 1000 bytes ; T S pattern ; N D ^W 1-sep-2019 ; N Z ^W 1k A D # toggle between selected and all messages: Z # Mark all messages as read ; S N A * ! N
This is a side by side comparison of my inbox as rendered by Alpine vs the browser:
Some nice features of Alpine:
- Powerful: get a lot done with few keystroks
- User-friendly: help menu is display at the bottom
- Simple: makes it easy to read and write emails