Introduction to Balsa

The Balsa package contains a GNOME-2 based mail client.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

Balsa Dependencies


Aspell- or GtkSpell (GtkSpell provides on-the-fly as you type spell checking), enchant-1.6.0, GMime-2.6.20, libESMTP-1.0.6, and Rarian-0.8.1



Compface-1.5.2, gtksourceview-3.16.1, libnotify-0.7.6, MIT Kerberos V5-1.13.2, MTA (that provides a sendmail command, note that it is only used if you didn't install the required libESMTP package), OpenLDAP-2.4.42, OpenSSL-1.0.2d, SQLite-, WebKitGTK+-2.8.5, and GtkHTML

Optional to Build S/MIME Support


User Notes:

Installation of Balsa

Install Balsa by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr            \
            --sysconfdir=/etc        \
            --localstatedir=/var/lib \
            --with-rubrica           \
            --without-html-widget    \
            --without-libnotify      \
            --without-gtkspell       &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-rubrica: This parameter is used to provide Rubrica2 address book support.

--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-sqlite: Use this option to enable SQLite address book support if SQLite 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-2.x.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.

If you are unable to connect to your ISP, they probably don't support APOP. Disable it in Settings/Preferences/POP3/advanced.

If you enable filters for your incoming POP3 mail, you must have Procmail-3.22 installed, as the incoming mail will be handed off to procmail for processing.


Installed Programs: balsa and balsa-ab
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/share/balsa and /usr/share/sounds/balsa

Short Descriptions


is a glib based mail client.


is the address-book application used by balsa.

Last updated on 2015-09-22 13:15:28 -0700