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tutorials:procmail [2011/04/30 13:26]
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 First, see the [[http://​sdf.lonestar.org/​index.cgi?​faq?​EMAIL?​14|FAQ Email 14]] First, see the [[http://​sdf.lonestar.org/​index.cgi?​faq?​EMAIL?​14|FAQ Email 14]]
  
- SDF receives mail for user from remote sender +  - SDF receives mail for user from remote sender 
- ​SDF'​s local mail delivery agent (MDA) consults $HOME/​.forward +  ​- ​SDF's local mail delivery agent (MDA) consults $HOME/​.forward 
- if .forward calls procmail, then the MDA pipes the mail to procmail for filtering, with $HOME/​.procmailrc +  ​- ​if .forward calls procmail, then the MDA pipes the mail to procmail for filtering, with $HOME/​.procmailrc 
- ​Procmail runs on the mail machine for which $MAILDIR (/​mail/​maildir/​...) is local (not across the NFS (network file system) wire. +   - Procmail runs on the mail machine for which $MAILDIR (/​mail/​maildir/​...) is local (not across the NFS (network file system) wire. 
- Best practice is for procmail filtering destinations to be local to where procmail is running, in $MAILDIR. +  ​- ​Best practice is for procmail filtering destinations to be local to where procmail is running, in $MAILDIR. 
- ​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 +  ​- ​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 
- 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. +  ​- ​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. 
- The local client may then store the mail locally in $HOME or back on the mail machine in $MAILDIR +  ​- ​The local client may then store the mail locally in $HOME or back on the mail machine in $MAILDIR 
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 For procmail utilization ideas, see the [[tutorials:​e-mail-advanced|"​Email,​ Advanced Topics"​ tutorial]] For procmail utilization ideas, see the [[tutorials:​e-mail-advanced|"​Email,​ Advanced Topics"​ tutorial]]