With the read file (<Ctrl>R) command, Pine allows you to insert text files prepared previously outside of Pine into a message you are composing. This allows you, for example, to create a long message you are planning to send with Pine in your favorite word processor, save/export it as a plain text or ASCII text file and then retrieve that file into Pine's message composer. Note that the file you retrieve into Pine must be in plain text format, not in the native format of your word processor. If you want to send someone else a file that is not plain text, attach it to your message rather than reading it into the message text area. You will be prompted for the name of a file to be inserted into the message. The file name is relative to your home directory or must be a full path name on your system. The file will be inserted where the cursor is located.
The file to be read must be on the same system as Pine. If you use Pine on a UNIX machine but have files on a PC or Macintosh, the files must be transferred to the UNIX system running Pine before they can be read.
You cannot use any wildcards in specifying the file to be included. At
File to insert from home directory: prompt, you can
type in the filename directly or use Pine's file browser (<Ctrl>T)
to select one from the listing of files in your directory.