It supports * local mailboxes in maildir, mbox and/or mh format, * nested mailboxes, * protocols POP3, IMAP and SMTP, * multithreaded mail retrieval, * GnuPG/GPG encryption, LDAP, Kerberos and SSL, * MIME (view images, save parts), * multiple character sets, * vCard, GPE, and other address book formats, * printing and spell-checking.
Balsa is an integral part of the GNOME desktop environment, but it can also be used standalone though it may print some error messages then.
For help on using Balsa, see the documentation in its help menu using the Yelp Gnome help/documentation browser.
This man page tells about the options of the 'balsa' command, which is used to start Balsa.
Most of these options let you tell Balsa that when it starts it should immediately open a mailbox, or the composer, and things like that.
When you start Balsa from the command line, not only can you use the command line options described below, any error messages are printed to that terminal too (whether you execute that command in the background or not).
-m email-address, --compose=email-address
The email-address parameter can be specified as user@host, e.g. email@example.com, or in URL format, e.g. "Balsa List <firstname.lastname@example.org>".
Balsa also serves as the mailto protocol handler.
-a FILENAME, --attach=FILENAME
Example : balsa -a ~/balsa-new.1.gz
-o MAILBOX, --open-mailbox=MAILBOX...
Example : balsa -o imap://email@example.com/INBOX balsa -o file:///var/mail/user
Before reporting bugs, please check to see if the bug is mentioned in the FAQ's or the mailing list archive https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/balsa-list.
When reporting Balsa bugs, it is important to include * a reliable way to reproduce the bug, * version number of Balsa (as well as GTK and GNOME), * OS name and version, * any relevant hardware specs.
If a bug is causing a crash, it is very useful if a stack trace can be provided.
And of course, patches to rectify the bug are even better.
mailcap (5) - metamail capabilities file (package: mime-support)
metamail (1) - infrastructure for mailcap-based multimedia mail (package: metamail)
sendmail (8) - a Mail Transfer Agent (package: exim4-daemon-light)
yelp (1) - browse Gnome documentation (package: yelp)
GNOME (1) - modern desktop environment (package: gnome-bin)
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
|February 2020||Version 2.6.2|