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Balsa is a small and light email client written by the Gnome people. As such it has tight integration with Gnome however works quite well with other desktops or window managers.


pacman -S balsa


Balsa launches with the normal email client setup wizard that takes you through most setup. In addition there is a preferences item on the edit menu. Configuration files can be found in ~/.balsa.

One issue to which I found no good solution (unless you are running gnome) is configuring the browser to use when you click on a link in an email. I found no solution that works with my window manager: fluxbox.

The following is a dreadful hack but works:

1) click on a link in an email and note which browser it is trying to load - in my case /usr/lib/firefox/firefox.

2) Check how much of that path exists and create what is missing. I had to create /usr/lib/firefox

mkdir /usr/lib/firefox

3) Make a soft link to your preferred browser - in my case /usr/bin/chromium

ln -s /usr/bin/chromium /usr/lib/firefox/firefox