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       pilot - simple file system browser in the style of the Alpine Composer


       pilot [ options ] [ directory ]


       Pilot is a simple, display-oriented file system browser based on the Alpine message system
       composer.  As with Alpine, commands are  displayed  at  the  bottom  of  the  screen,  and
       context-sensitive help is provided.

       Pilot  displays  the  current working directory at the top of the screen.  The directory's
       contents are displayed in  columns  of  file  name,  file  size  pairs.   Names  that  are
       directories  are  indicated  by the name "(dir)" in place of the file size.  The parent of
       the current working directory is indicated by the file name  ".."  and  size  of  "(parent
       dir)".   File  names that are symbolic links to other files are displayed with a file size
       of "--".

       Several basic file manipulation commands are provided: Delete, Rename, Copy, View, Launch,
       and  Edit.   The  "View"  and "Edit" commands operate on text files only.  By default, the
       "View" command displays files using "alpine -F", but will respect the environment variable
       PAGER  if set.  The "Edit" command simply invokes "pico".  The "Launch" command provides a
       convenient way to either execute the selected file or to run an application on it.

       More specific help is available in pilot's online help.


       -a     Display all files including those beginning with a period (.).

       -f     Use function keys for commands.  This option supported only in conjunction with  UW
              Enhanced NCSA telnet.

       -g     Enable  "Show  Cursor"  mode.   Cause  cursor  to  be positioned before the current
              selection rather than placed at the lower left of the display.

       -j     Enable "Goto" command.  This enables the command to permit explicitly telling pilot
              which directory to visit.

       -m     Enable  mouse  functionality.   This  only works when pilot is run from within an X
              Window System "xterm" window.

       -nn    The -nn option enables new mail notification.  The  n  argument  is  optional,  and
              specifies  how  often,  in  seconds,  your  mailbox  is  checked for new mail.  For
              example, -n60 causes pilot to check for new mail once every  minute.   The  default
              interval  is  180 seconds, while the minimum allowed is 30. (Note: no space between
              "n" and the number)

       -o dir Sets operating directory.  Only files within the specified directory are accessible
              and browsing is limited to the specified directory subtree.

       -v     Enable single vertical column display.

       -x     Disable keymenu at the bottom of the screen.

       -z     Enable ^Z suspension of pilot.

       -q     Termcap or terminfo definition for input escape sequences are used in preference to
              sequences defined by default.  This option is only available if pilot was  compiled
              with the TERMCAP_WINS define turned on.

              Do setlocale(LC_CTYPE) if available. Default is to not do this setlocale.

              Do not do setlocale(LC_COLLATE). Default is to do this setlocale.


       Michael Seibel <>
       Copyright 1994-2007 by the University of Washington.

See Also

       Source distribution (part of the Alpine Message System):

       $Date: 2005/01/14 20:40:14 $

                                           Version 1.1                                   pilot(1)