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Balsa(1)							       2.0.6								  Balsa(1)

Balsa - the GNOME email client.
balsa [--help] [--version] [-c] [--checkmail] [-m USER@HOST.TLD] [--compose=USER@HOST.TLD] [-a FILENAME] [--attach=FILENAME] [-o MAILBOX] [--open-mailbox=MAILBOX] [-u] [--open-unread-mailbox] [-d] [--debug-pop]
Balsa is an e-mail reader. This client is part of the GNOME desktop environment. It supports local mailboxes, POP3 and IMAP. For help on using Balsa, see the program documentation in the help menu.
-c, --checkmail Balsa will immediately check for new mail when the program is launched -i, --open-inbox Balsa will open the Inbox on startup. -m USER@HOST.TLD, --compose=USER@HOST.TLD When invoked with this option, balsa will open a new message with the specified address in the To: field. The parameter can be spec- ified also in URL format - it makes it possible to use balsa as mailto protocol handler by setting the mailto protocol command to balsa -m "%s" in URL handlers section of GNOME control center. -a FILENAME, --attach=FILENAME When invoked with this option, balsa will open a new message with the specified file already attached to the message. -o MAILBOX, --open-mailbox=MAILBOX Balsa will open automatically at startup the mailbox or mailboxes specified on the command line with this option. Multiple mail- boxes are delimited by semicolons. -u, --open-unread-mailbox Open the first unread mailbox when balsa is launched. -d, --debug-pop Dumps the POP3 communication to stderr. Useful for debugging POP3 connections.
Any bugs found should be reported to the Balsa Developer mailing list at or you may want to make use of the online bug-tracking system available on the web at See for more information on reporting bugs. Before reporting bugs, please check to see if the bug is mentioned in the FAQ's or the mailing list archive. See the section on Other Info for locations of these. 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, and 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.
See the AUTHORS file included with Balsa, probably at /usr/share/doc/balsa-2.0.6/AUTHORS
~/.gnome2/balsa Balsa's preferences file. ~/.gnome2_private/balsa Balsa's POP and IMAP passwords file.
mailcap(5) metamail(1) sendmail(8)
(c) 1997-2003 Stuart Parmenter and others, see AUTHORS for a list of people. Permission to use, copy, modify, and distribute this software and its documentation for any purpose and without fee is hereby granted, pro- vided that the above copyright notice appear in all copies and that both that copyright notice and this permission notice appear in sup- porting documentation. Version 03 January 2003 Balsa(1)