All ubuntu version before 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) ship a slrn version, which
has serious problems when running in an UTF-8 environment. This is
usually the default in ubuntu.
The latest slrn development version from SVN solves this problems.
So I encourage everyone to use this version, it is a lot
better than the version which comes as a default with Ubuntu.
You can find compiled i386 deb packages for feisty, gutsy and hardy here,
the below mentioned patches are included. The amd64 packages for hardy were
kindly provided by Dragomir Kollaric.
By adding the line
deb http://www.foory.de/thw/slrn/ gutsy/
deb http://www.foory.de/thw/slrn/ hardy/
to your /etc/apt/sources.list you can install the latest version via the
synaptic package manager and will automatically be up to date with the
You can also find here additional patches, which will help you
with the display of broken postings. These patches are not included
in the SVN. I'll keep them up to date with the latest SVN development
version of slrn. If there is a mismatch of the naming of the patch vs.
the version of slrn this means the patch still works without an update.
us-ascii override patch
This patch will allow slrn to override the charset value "us-ascii" declared in
postings with the value of the fallback charset. This might be useful to handle
google postings I sometimes ran across, which claimed to be "us-ascii" but had 8
bit characters inside. This can be done by adding
| set usascii_override 1
to the .slrnrc. I decided to make this a separate patch because here you start
to mess around with standard compliant postings.
minimal multipart patch
This adds minimal multipart support to slrn. Text type parts are displayed
correctly binary and other unsupported parts are hidden.
Don't expect it to read html postings or to save binary attachments, it just
helps to ease the pain when reading pgp/mime signed postings or postings created
by pine. You can disable this patch by adding
| set minimal_multipart 0
to the slrnrc. Thanks to Christian Ebert. He helped a lot to debug this patch,
thus you could call it now quite stable. If you like to have real mime-support
I suggest you try out his python based slrnmime extensions
Feedback is welcome, please send suggestions, improvements or
bug reports to Thomas Wiegner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thomas Wiegner - Last update Sunday, 01-Mar-2009 14:27:37 CET