Alpine: [Refusing to write non-encrypted password file]

To save passwords when using Alpine mail program, one creates ~/.pine-passfile:

$ touch ~/.pine-passfile

But when I tried to save a password I got:

[Refusing to write non-encrypted password file]

So why won’t Alpine write to it?

I took a guess.

I edited the .pine-passfile and hit return once. So instead of being completely empty it had a single empty line in it (ie one non-printing character).

Next time I fired up Alpine it worked — it asked me for the master password and then stored my mail account password. Odd but true. Whether only Enter would work, I dunno.

Now, if you want to avoid using the master password, that is also possible. Not a great idea, I guess, but possible.


And off we go



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