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<H2><A NAME="s1">1. Sylpheed FAQ - General information</A></H2>
<H2><A NAME="ss1.1">1.1 Q01 Are there FAQ's in other languages?</A>
<P>A. Yes. Here are links to several translations:
<A HREF="http://www.enseirb.fr/~dinh/sylpheed/sylpheed-sylpheed-faq-fr.html">SYLPHEED FAQ in French courtesy of DINH V. Hoa</A></LI>
<A HREF="http://silver.lacmhacarh.gr.jp/sylpheed/sylpheedsylpheed-faq-ja.htm">SYLPHEED FAQ in Japanese</A> courtesy of WAKAI "SilverRain" Kazunao</LI>
<A HREF="http://beatles.cselt.it/~mau/sylpheed/sylpheedsylpheed-faq.html">SYLPHEED FAQ in Italian</A> courtesy of Maurizio Codogno</LI>
<A HREF="http://www.synconet.de/privhome/rs/sylpheed_sylpheed-faq.html">SYLPHEED FAQ</A> in German (HTML-Version)</LI>
<A HREF="http://www.synconet.de/privhome/rs/sylpheed_faq.txt">the german text-only version</A>, both courtesy of Ralf Schiffers.</LI>
<A HREF="http://www.cs.uoi.gr/~csst9910/el_sylsylpheed-faq.html">SYLPHEED FAQ in Greek</A> courtesy of Theofilos Intzoglou.</LI>
<A HREF="http://sylpheed.republika.pl">SYLPHEED FAQ in Polish</A> courtesy of Przemyslaw Sulek.</LI>
<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/hackpando/sylpheedsylpheed-faq.html">HTML version</A> by Marcelo Ramos, also:</LI>
<A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/hackpando/sylpheedfaq.txt">Text version</A></LI>
<A HREF="http://www.aic.uniovi.es/mones/sylpheed/sylpheed-faq-es/">Linked HTML</A>, by Ricardo Mones Lastra, as well as</LI>
<A HREF="http://hem.passagen.se/webplats/sylpheed-sylpheed-faq-se.html">Swedish FAQ</A>, courtesy of Mattias Stergren</LI>
You can download this FAQ from
<A HREF="http://sylpheeddoc.sf.net">http://sylpheeddoc.sf.net</A><H2><A NAME="ss1.2">1.2 Q02 What is Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. Sylpheed is an e-mail client (& news reader) based on
GTK+, running on the X Window System, and aiming for
<LI>Graceful, and sophisticated interface</LI>
<LI>Easy configuration, intuitive operation</LI>
<H2><A NAME="ss1.3">1.3 Q03 Where can I get Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. You can download it from <CODE>
There are links to download the tarball sources, and
also links to sites where you can download RPM's (for
Redhat and Mandrake), DEB packages for Debian, and
installations for Solaris and FreeBSD.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.4">1.4 Q04 Who writes Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (<CODE>email@example.com</CODE>)
<H2><A NAME="ss1.5">1.5 Q05 What does the name Sylpheed mean?</A>
<P>A. It means 'light weight', like air. This comes from the
name of the wind spirits, the Sylphs.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.6">1.6 Q06 How does Sylpheed store mails?</A>
<P>A. Mails are stored in the MH mailfile format as used by MH
and EMH. Maildir and mbox format are not (yet)
supported, although it is possible to import an mbox
file into a Sylpheed mailbox.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.7">1.7 Q07 Why does the auto collection of mail not work?</A>
<P>A. Autocollection works since version 0.5.1. If you need it
or want it, you should upgrade.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.8">1.8 Q08 Does Sylpheed have mail filtering?</A>
<P>A. Yes. You can find it in Configuration > filtering tab.
<P>Please note that filtering is not yet implemented for IMAP accounts.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.9">1.9 Q09 Can Sylpheed handle IMAP mail?</A>
<P>A. Yes. As of version 0.4.99 IMAP is supported.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.10">1.10 Q10 Can Sylpheed handle local unix mailboxes?</A>
<H2><A NAME="ss1.11">1.11 Q11 Can Sylpheed handle IPv6?</A>
<P>A. Yes, IPv6 is fully supported in Sylpheed.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.12">1.12 Q12 Does Sylpheed support encryption like GPG?</A>
<P>A. Yes. GPG is implemented and works fine. For activating it in Sylpheed, see Q14 in the Installation section.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.13">1.13 Q13 How does Sylpheed check for MIME types?</A>
<P>A. Sylpheed uses the Mutt type of mime checking.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.14">1.14 Q14 Does Sylpheed allow me to write HTML styled messages?</A>
<P>A. No. A discussion has gone around over this topic, and
the outcome was that HTML mail is not wanted. If you
really need to send HTML, you can of course attach a
webpage to an e-mail. Several patches have been made to
facilitate better HTML handling in Sylpheed. You can
find these patches at the Sylpheed Patch Page (see
further down in the document).
<H2><A NAME="ss1.15">1.15 Q15 Does Sylpheed have name completion in the address fields?</A>
<P>A. Yes. When you search for a name that starts with "<CODE>don</CODE>",
type "<CODE>don</CODE>" (without the quotes) and press the TAB key.
This will show you the correct name (when only one "don"
exists in your addressbook. Otherwise a dropdown list
appears, which allows you to select the name you want.
E.g. Donald Duck, Don Johnson. But also e-mail addresses
starting with "<CODE>don</CODE>" will appear in the list (like
<H2><A NAME="ss1.16">1.16 Q16 Fine, but when I hit the TAB key I get an error message.</A>
<P>A. When you want to use name completion, make sure that
there are names in your address book. If there are no
names, even Sylpheed has a hard time completing
<H2><A NAME="ss1.17">1.17 Q17 Why is Sylpheed so fast?</A>
<P>A. That's what it is designed for!
<H2><A NAME="ss1.18">1.18 Q18 Where can I get the current patches for Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. The Sylpheed Patch homepage:
<A HREF="http://www.teledix.net/sylpheed/">The sylpheed patch homepage</A></CODE>
(Also see section on Installation on how to install a
<H2><A NAME="ss1.19">1.19 Q19 How can I send in patches, report bugs, talk about Sylpheed with others?</A>
<P>A. To talk to others, you should join the Sylpheed mailing
list at <CODE>http://sylpheed.good-day.net</CODE>. Note that there is
a japanese and an english list, so pick the right one!
If you have made a patch that you want the world to know
of, please get in touch with the manager of the Sylpheed
Patch homepage, at <CODE>firstname.lastname@example.org</CODE>
<H2><A NAME="ss1.20">1.20 Q20 When I send mail, the Content-Type header says the mail is in US-ASCII, even when I specified ISO-8859-1?</A>
<P>A. If ISO-8859-1 characters (>= 0x80) are not used in the
message body, Sylpheed will automatically set the
charset value in the Content-Type header as US-ASCII.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.21">1.21 Q21 Why does it look like word wrap is not working?</A>
<P>A. Word wrapping is a bit peculiar perhaps. You can type
lines as long as you like. By the time you send or queue
a mail with long lines, Sylpheed will first wrap the
lines to the line length you set up, and then the mail
is queued. This is more convenient than you think. Once
a line is wrapped (hard line breaks are inserted in the
text) and you add something in a line there, the next
line will move to a separate new line, leaving one or
two words from the previous line "hanging there" alone.
This is a long line
<P>Now you add one word in the first line:
This is a very long line
<P>This would cause you a lot of manual reformatting to get
a presentable mail again.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.22">1.22 Q22 Where can I find the latest FAQ on Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. Go to
<A HREF="http://sylpheeddoc.sf.net">http://sylpheeddoc.sf.net</A> and check out the FAQ and manual from the sylpheeddoc project. Both documents are available in multiple languages there and usually contain the latest updates.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.23">1.23 Q23 Can I import a mbox into Sylpheed's MH mailfolders?</A>
<P>A. Yes, just create/select the folder you want your
mails in, and select "Import mbox file" in the File
<H2><A NAME="ss1.24">1.24 Q24 Can I use procmail to sort my mails with the MH mail handling?</A>
<P>A. Yes. Just make sure that you add /. to the end of a rule so procmail knows you are filtering into an MH mail folder. Example:
<P>Check man procmail for details.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.25">1.25 Q25 When I upgrade Sylpheed, are there things I should be aware of?</A>
<P>Upgrade to 0.4.50: you should reconfigure your newsgroup settings
<P>Upgrade to 0.4.63: you should set the URL string colors from the Configuration menu.
<P>Upgrade to 0.4.65: some menu items have been moved
<P>Upgrade to 0.7.3: many keybindings have changed
<H2><A NAME="ss1.26">1.26 Q26 How can I quickly update the views in Sylpheed?</A>
<P>A. Just press Alt-U or select "update" from the summary menu.
<H2><A NAME="ss1.27">1.27 Q27 Why can't I use gvim as external editor?</A>
<P>A. If one wishes to use gvim as an external editor it's necessary to start it with the no-fork option -f, i.e. in the configuration dialog box you need to enter "gvim -f %s". If not the editor forks and open up a separate file and when one quits the editor the changes are lost and don't show up in the composer window.
<P>(Thanks, Ed Collins!)