Introduction to Balsa

The Balsa package contains a GNOME 2 based mail client.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 6179fadbfc5cca642dac081519acef25

  • Download size: 2.9 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 45.9 MB

  • Estimated build time: 0.67 SBU

Balsa Dependencies


libgnomeprintui-2.10.2, ScrollKeeper-0.3.14, Aspell-0.60.3, libesmtp-1.0.3r1 and GMime >= 2.1.9


libgtkhtml-2.6.3, OpenSSL-0.9.7g, OpenLDAP-2.2.24, PCRE-6.1, Procmail-3.22, Sendmail-8.13.4 (or other MTA that links to /usr/sbin/sendmail), Heimdal-0.7 or MIT krb5-1.4.1, SQLite, GPGME and GnuPG-1.9.x

Installation of Balsa

Install Balsa by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=`pkg-config --variable=prefix ORBit-2.0` \
    --localstatedir=/var/lib --sysconfdir=/etc/gnome &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--localstatedir=/var/lib: This switch puts ScrollKeeper files in /var/lib/scrollkeeper instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/var/scrollkeeper.

--sysconfdir=/etc/gnome: This switch puts configuration files in /etc/gnome instead of $GNOME_PREFIX/etc.

--with-ssl: Use this option to enable SSL support if OpenSSL is installed.

--with-ldap: Use this option to enable LDAP address book support if OpenLDAP is installed.

--with-gpgme: Use this option to enable GPG support if “GnuPG Made Easy” (GPGME) is installed.

--enable-smime: Use this option to enable S/MIME support if GnuPG-1.9.x is installed.

Configuring Balsa

Configuration Information

All configuration of Balsa is done through the Balsa menu system, with mailbox configuration done with the Settings—>Preferences menu.


Installed Program: balsa
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/balsa, /usr/share/sounds/balsa and /usr/share/gnome/help/balsa

Short Descriptions


is a GNOME 2 based mail client.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600