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Simple text editor from Alpine, a text-based email client

"pico" is a simple but powerful text editor. It was originally the pine composer, the editor used by the pine email client for writing email messages.

It has gained popularity since its initial use in that context and is now used as a stand-alone editor by many users.

It is similar to but less powerful than GNU Nano, an editor created with the pico interface when the pico license was non-free.

Package version:2.00+dfsg-6~bpo50+1


pico(1)                                                      pico(1)

       pico - simple text editor in the style of the Alpine Composer

       pico [ options ] [ file ]

       Pico  is  a simple, display-oriented text editor based on the
       Alpine message system composer.  As with Alpine, commands are
       displayed  at the bottom of the screen, and context-sen


alpine (2.00+dfsg-6~bpo50+1) lenny-backports; urgency=low

  * Backport to stable.

 -- Micah Anderson <>  Tue, 02 Feb 2010 14:56:17 -0500

alpine (2.00+dfsg-6) unstable; urgency=low

  * Add diversion for pico and remove conflict with nano.
    (Closes: #415169)
  * Build-depend on aspell. This makes it always build correctly with
    spell-checking support. (LP: #340993)
  * Chan


This package was debianized by Asheesh Laroia <> on
Tue, 05 Dec 2006 15:37:10 -0500.

It was downloaded from but the
tarball includes RFC texts which are not DFSG-free.  Therefore, I
repacked the tarball without imap/docs/rfc/rfc*.txt.

Upstream Authors: University of Washington -

Copyright (C) 2006 Universi

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