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Procmail is a powerful and robust set of tools that enable you to automatically process mail as you receive it or after it is already in a message folder. It is actively developed by Stephen R. van den Berg and supported by Stephen and the other members of the procmail mailing list. Stephen and the other people on the mailing list are some of the most helpful people on the Net - they epitomize the positive spirit of the Net!
FTP DirectoryThe Procmail FTP directory is where you can find the procmail sources and some introductory files, including the Procmail:
Documentation and Examples
- Infinite Ink's Filtering Mail FAQ is a good place to start. It describes general filtering strategies and basic instructions for procmail and other mail processing tools.
- Hypertext versions of the Procmail Manual Pages are available thanks to Don Melvin
- Era Eriksson Procmail Links, Mini FAQ, and More
- Meng on Procmail
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Math Department's Fitering Guide
- Catherine A. Hampton's Getting Started With Procmail
- Lasu's Mail Filters includes strategies for spam filtering and sample procmail scripts.
- You can get Soren Dayton's procmailrc file by sending mail with Subject get procmailrc to email@example.com.
- Here's the Table of Contents of a Procmail User Guide that I hope to write one of these days...
Procmail DiscussionThe best place for Procmail discussion is the very active and helpful Procmail mailing list described below. Currently there is no news group devoted to Procmail discussion but people sometimes discuss it in comp.mail.misc.
To subscribe to the procmail mailing list, send mail with Subject subscribe to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you want to receive it in digest format, to email@example.com.
Procmail Mailing List Archives
Procmail Mail ServerTo use the Procmail mail server, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your command as the Subject. For example, use:
- archive help to get instructions for using the server
- archive ls to get a list of files available
- archive get best_of_procmail_list* to get the latest "Best of the Procmail Mailing List" (you'll need gzip and a MIME decoder to unpack it)
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Last significant update on June 15, 1997
Last tweak on June 15, 1997