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       Balsa - the GNOME e-mail client.


       You can use Balsa to fetch, read, write and send e-mails.

       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

       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).


       balsa [  -h | --help                               ]
             [  -v | --version                            ]
             [  -c | --check-mail                         ]
             [  -i | --open-inbox                         ]
             [( -m | --compose=)email-address             ]
             [( -a | --attach=)filename                   ]
             [( -o | --open-mailbox=)mailbox[:mailbox]... ]
             [  -u | --open-unread-mailbox                ]
             [  -s | --get-stats                          ]


       -h, --help
              Displays  a  message  describing  command  line  syntax  of Balsa, giving many more
              options than are presented in this man page; Balsa exits immediately after that.

       -v, --version
              Balsa prints its version and exits.

       -c, --check-mail
              Balsa starts and checks for new mail immediately.

       -i, --open-inbox
              Balsa starts and opens the Inbox.

       -m email-address, --compose=email-address
              When invoked with this option, Balsa will open its email-composer for a new message
              with the specified address in the To: field.

              The   email-address   parameter   can   be  specified  as  user@host,  e.g.  balsa-
    , or in URL format, e.g. "Balsa List <>".

              Balsa also serves as the mailto protocol handler.

       -a FILENAME, --attach=FILENAME
              When invoked with this option, Balsa will open its email-composer for a new message
              with the specified file already attached to the message.

              Example : balsa -a ~/balsa-new.1.gz

       -o MAILBOX, --open-mailbox=MAILBOX...
              This  makes  Balsa  start  and  open  the specified mailbox.  The mailbox should be
              specified by its full URL.

              Example    :    balsa    -o     imap://     balsa     -o

       -u, --open-unread-mailbox
              Open all mailboxes that may contain unread messages.

       -s, --get-stats
              Balsa prints the numbers of unread and unsent messages and exits.


       Balsa's website is


       Any bugs found in Balsa can be reported through the Balsa Developer mailing list at balsa-,       or       the       online       bug-tracking        system        at

       See for more information on reporting Balsa

       Before reporting bugs, please check to see if the bug is mentioned in  the  FAQ's  or  the
       mailing list archive

       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.


       See the AUTHORS file included with Balsa, probably at /usr/share/doc/balsa-2.6.3/AUTHORS.


        ~/.balsa/config                   Balsa's preferences file.
        ~/.balsa/config-private           Balsa's POP and IMAP passwords file.
        /etc/sound/events/balsa.soundlist system-wide configuration file


       Package names given in parenthesis are Debian package names.

       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)


       (c) 1997-2020 Stuart Parmenter and others, see AUTHORS for a list of people.

       This  is  free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO warranty; not