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Vacation message using procmail

If you use procmail to filter messages, you can use it also to setup a vacation email response:

  1. Create a file called vacation.txt and fill it with your “vacation message”.
  2. Create a file called vacation.rc fill it with the following commands (and don’t forget to adjust the values for USER, DOMAIN, and PATHxxx to your needs):
:0 Whc: vacation.lock
* .*for <USER@DOMAIN>
| formail -rD 8192 vacation.cache
:0 ehc
| (formail -rA”Precedence: junk (autoreply)”
) | PATHTOSENDMAIL/sendmail -oi -t
  1. Find your .procmailrc file and add the following line after your filter commands (again adjust the PATH):

If you receive an email at USER@DOMAIN and it is not filtered out by your spam filter, the vacation commands are activated. It checks if the email is for you, does not originate from a mailing list, and has not been processed before. It also creates a file called vacation.cache, where it stores the email addresses to which a vacation message has already been sent, in order to do not send such a message again (don’t forget to delete it when you deactivate the vacation filter). At last it replies with the message stored in vacation.txt.

The “Precedence: junk (autoreply)” part helps to avoid bouncing messages from other MTAs.


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pine – mark messages as unread

Found at a FAQ at the University of Michigan:

How can I mark messages as unread in Pine?

  • First you must set the flag command option. From Pine’s main menu:
  • Type s (Setup).
  • Type c (Config).
  • Move the cursor down to highlight the enable-flag-cmd option, and type x to enable it if it is not already.
  • Type e to exit the configuration screen.
  • Go to your INBOX, highlight the message you want to mark, and type *
  • Type n to mark the message as new.

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If you have not known SpamAssassin yet

As it name might already say, it deals with spam (unwanted emails).

It can (and actually does quite often without your knowledge) run directly on your mail server. Which has the big advantage that the spam mails can be eliminated already on your server and you do not have to download it to your computer.

However, it is very flexible. e.g. you might also want to receive spam, which SpamAssassin has marked as such and move it manually to your trash can.

More about SpamAssassin at its homepage.


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