Procmail on SDF...

First, see the FAQ Email 14

  1. SDF receives mail for user from remote sender
  2. SDF's local mail delivery agent (MDA) consults $HOME/.forward
  3. if .forward calls procmail, then the MDA pipes the mail to procmail for filtering, with $HOME/.procmailrc
  4. Procmail runs on the mail machine for which $MAILDIR (/mail/maildir/…) is local (not across the NFS (network file system) wire.
  5. Best practice is for procmail filtering destinations to be local to where procmail is running, in $MAILDIR.
  6. Unfiltered mail is then returned by procmail to the MDA which deposits it in $MAIL, also local to the mail machine, and is the users INBOX
  7. User clients (i.e. mail, mutt, alpine, etc.) may read mail from $MAIL, and from $MAILDIR files, across the NFS wire to the $HOME machine for reading.
  8. The local client may then store the mail locally in $HOME or back on the mail machine in $MAILDIR

For procmail utilization ideas, see the "Email, Advanced Topics" tutorial