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       procmailex - procmail rcfile examples

       $HOME/.procmailrc examples

       For a description of the	rcfile format see procmailrc(5).

       The  weighted  scoring  technique  is  described	in detail in the proc-
       mailsc(5) man page.

       This man	page shows several example recipes.  For examples of  complete
       rcfiles	you can	check the NOTES	section	in procmail(1),	or look	at the
       example	rcfiles	 part  of  the	procmail  source  distribution	(proc-

       Sort  out  all  mail  coming  from the scuba-dive mailing list into the
       mailfolder scubafile (uses the locallockfile scubafile.lock).

	      *	^TOscuba

       Forward all mail	from peter about compilers to william (and keep	a copy
       of it here in petcompil).

	      *	^From.*peter
	      *	^Subject:.*compilers
		 :0 c


       An equivalent solution that accomplishes	the same:

	      :0 c
	      *	^From.*peter
	      *	^Subject:.*compilers

		 :0 A

       An equivalent, but slightly slower solution that	accomplishes the same:

	      :0 c
	      *	^From.*peter
	      *	^Subject:.*compilers

	      *	^From.*peter
	      *	^Subject:.*compilers

       If you are fairly new to	procmail and plan to experiment	a  little  bit
       it  often  helps	to have	a safety net of	some sort.  Inserting the fol-
       lowing two recipes above	all other recipes will make sure that  of  all
       arriving	 mail always the last 32 messages will be preserved.  In order
       for it to work as intended,  you	 have  to  create  a  directory	 named
       `backup'	in $MAILDIR prior to inserting these two recipes.

	      :0 c

	      :0 ic
	      |	cd backup && rm	-f dummy `ls -t	msg.* |	sed -e 1,32d`

       If  your	system doesn't generate	or generates incorrect leading `From '
       lines on	every mail, you	can fix	this by	calling	up procmail  with  the
       -f- option.  To fix the same problem by different means,	you could have
       inserted	the following two recipes above	 all  other  recipes  in  your
       rcfile.	 They will filter the header of	any mail through formail which
       will strip any leading `From ', and automatically regenerates it	subse-

	      :0 fhw
	      |	formail	-I "From " -a "From "

       Add the headers of all messages that didn't come	from the postmaster to
       your private header collection (for statistics or mail debugging);  and
       use  the	 lockfile `headc.lock'.	 In order to make sure the lockfile is
       not removed until the pipe has finished,	you  have  to  specify	option
       `w';  otherwise	the  lockfile would be removed as soon as the pipe has
       accepted	the mail.

	      :0 hwc:
	      *	!^FROM_MAILER
	      |	uncompress headc.Z; cat	>>headc; compress headc

       Or, if you would	use the	more efficient gzip instead of compress:

	      :0 hwc:
	      *	!^FROM_MAILER
	      |	gzip >>headc.gz

       Forward all mails shorter than 1000 bytes to my home address (no	 lock-
       file needed on this recipe).

	      *	< 1000
	      !	myname@home

       Split  up  incoming  digests  from  the surfing mailing list into their
       individual messages, and	store them into	surfing, using surfing.lock as
       the locallockfile.

	      *	^Subject:.*surfing.*Digest
	      |	formail	+1 -ds >>surfing

       Store  everything  coming  from	the  postmaster	or mailer-daemon (like
       bounced mail) into the file postm, using	postm.lock as  the  locallock-

	      *	^FROM_MAILER

       A  simple  autoreply  recipe.  It makes sure that neither mail from any
       daemon (like bouncing mail or mail from mailing-lists), nor autoreplies
       coming  from yourself will be autoreplied to.  If this precaution would
       not be taken, disaster could result (`ringing'  mail).	In  order  for
       this recipe to autoreply	to all the incoming mail, you should of	course
       insert it before	all other recipes in  your  rcfile.   However,	it  is
       advisable  to put it after any recipes that process the mails from sub-
       scribed mailinglists; it	generally is  not  a  good  idea  to  generate
       autoreplies  to	mailinglists  (yes,  the  !^FROM_DAEMON	 regexp	should
       already catch those, but	if the	mailinglist  doesn't  follow  accepted
       conventions, this might not be enough).

	      :0 h c
	      *	!^FROM_DAEMON
	      *	!^X-Loop: your@own.mail.address
	      |	(formail -r -I"Precedence: junk" \
		  -A"X-Loop: your@own.mail.address" ; \
		 echo "Mail received.")	| $SENDMAIL -t

       A  more	complicated  autoreply	recipe	that implements	the functional
       equivalent of the well known vacation(1)	program.  This recipe is based
       on  the	same  principles as the	last one (prevent `ringing' mail).  In
       addition	to that	however, it maintains a	vacation database by  extract-
       ing  the	name of	the sender and inserting it in the vacation.cache file
       if the name was new (the	vacation.cache file is maintained  by  formail
       which will make sure that it always contains the	most recent names, the
       size of the file	is limited to a	maximum	of approximately 8192  bytes).
       If the name was new, an autoreply will be sent.

       As  you	can  see, the following	recipe has comments between the	condi-
       tions.  This is allowed.	 Do not	put comments on	the  same  line	 as  a
       condition though.

	      SHELL=/bin/sh    # for other shells, this	might need adjustment

	      :0 Whc: vacation.lock
	       # Perform a quick check to see if the mail was addressed	to us
	      *	$^To:.*\<$\LOGNAME\>
	       # Don't reply to	daemons	and mailinglists
	      *	!^FROM_DAEMON
	       # Mail loops are	evil
	      *	!^X-Loop: your@own.mail.address
	      |	formail	-rD 8192 vacation.cache

		:0 ehc	       # if the	name was not in	the cache
		| (formail -rI"Precedence: junk" \
		     -A"X-Loop:	your@own.mail.address" ; \
		   echo	"I received your mail,"; \
		   echo	"but I won't be	back until Monday."; \
		   echo	"-- "; cat $HOME/.signature \
		  ) | $SENDMAIL	-oi -t

       Store  all  messages concerning TeX in separate,	unique filenames, in a
       directory named texmail (this directory has to exist); there is no need
       to use lockfiles	in this	case, so we won't.

	      *	(^TO|^Subject:.*)TeX[^t]

       The  same as above, except now we store the mails in numbered files (MH
       mail folder).

	      *	(^TO|^Subject:.*)TeX[^t]

       Or you could file the mail in several directory	folders	 at  the  same
       time.  The following recipe will	deliver	the mail to two	MH-folders and
       one directory folder.  It is actually only  one	file  with  two	 extra

	      *	(^TO|^Subject:.*)TeX[^t]
	      texmail/.	wordprocessing dtp/.

       Store  all  the messages	about meetings in a folder that	is in a	direc-
       tory that changes every month.  E.g.  if	 it  were  January  1994,  the
       folder  would have the name `94-01/meeting' and the locallockfile would
       be `94-01/meeting.lock'.

	      *	meeting
	      `date +%y-%m`/meeting

       The same	as above, but, if the `94-01' directory	wouldn't have existed,
       it is created automatically:

	      MONTHFOLDER=`date	+%y-%m`

	      :0 Wic
	      *	? test ! -d $MONTHFOLDER
	      |	mkdir $MONTHFOLDER

	      *	meeting

       The same	as above, but now by slightly different	means:

	      MONTHFOLDER=`date	+%y-%m`
	      DUMMY=`test -d $MONTHFOLDER || mkdir $MONTHFOLDER`

	      *	meeting

       If  you are subscribed to several mailinglists and people cross-post to
       some of them, you usually receive several  duplicate  mails  (one  from
       every  list).   The following simple recipe eliminates duplicate	mails.
       It tells	formail	to keep	an 8KB cache file in which it will  store  the
       Message-IDs  of	the most recent	mails you received.  Since Message-IDs
       are guaranteed to be unique for every new mail, they are	ideally	suited
       to  weed	 out  duplicate	mails.	Simply put the following recipe	at the
       top of your rcfile, and no duplicate mail will get past it.

	      :0 Wh: msgid.lock
	      |	formail	-D 8192	msgid.cache

       Beware if you have delivery problems in	recipes	 below	this  one  and
       procmail	 tries	to  requeue the	mail, then on the next queue run, this
       mail will be considered a duplicate and will be thrown away.  For those
       not quite so confident in their own scripting capabilities, you can use
       the following recipe instead.  It puts duplicates in a separate	folder
       instead	of  throwing them away.	 It is up to you to periodically empty
       the folder of course.

	      :0 Whc: msgid.lock
	      |	formail	-D 8192	msgid.cache

	      :0 a:

       Procmail	can deliver to MH folders directly, but, it  does  not	update
       the  unseen  sequences  the  real  MH manages.  If you want procmail to
       update those as well, use a recipe like the following which  will  file
       everything  that	contains the word spam in the body of the mail into an
       MH folder called	spamfold.  Note	the local lockfile,  which  is	needed
       because MH programs do not lock the sequences file.  Asynchronous invo-
       cations of MH programs that change the  sequences  file	may  therefore
       corrupt	it  or	silently  lose	changes.   Unfortunately, the lockfile
       doesn't completely solve	the problem as rcvstore	could be invoked while
       `show'  or `mark' or some other MH program is running.  This problem is
       expected	to be fixed in some future version  of	MH,  but  until	 then,
       you'll  have  to	 balance the risk of lost or corrupt sequences against
       the benefits of the unseen sequence.

	      :0 :spamfold/$LOCKEXT
	      *	B ?? spam
	      |	rcvstore +spamfold

       When delivering to emacs	folders	 (i.e.,	 mailfolders  managed  by  any
       emacs  mail package, e.g., RMAIL	or VM) directly, you should use	emacs-
       compatible lockfiles.  The emacs	mailers	are a bit braindamaged in that
       respect,	 they  get very	upset if someone delivers to mailfolders which
       they already have in their  internal  buffers.	The  following	recipe
       assumes that $HOME equals /home/john.


	      *	^Subject:.*whatever

       Alternatively,  you can have procmail deliver into its own set of mail-
       boxes, which you	then periodically empty	and copy over  to  your	 emacs
       files  using  movemail.	Movemail uses mailbox.lock local lockfiles per
       mailbox.	 This actually is the preferred	mode of	operation in  conjunc-
       tion with procmail.

       To  extract  certain  headers from a mail and put them into environment
       variables you can use any of the	following constructs:

	      SUBJECT=`formail -xSubject:`    #	regular	field
	      FROM=`formail -rt	-xTo:`	      #	special	case

	      :0 h			      #	alternate method
	      KEYWORDS=| formail -xKeywords:

       If you are using	temporary files	in a procmailrc	file, and want to make
       sure  that  they	 are removed just before procmail exits, you could use
       something along the lines of:

	      TRAP="/bin/rm -f $TEMPORARY"

       The TRAP	keyword	can also be used to change the exitcode	 of  procmail.
       I.e.  if	 you want procmail to return an	exitcode of `1'	instead	of its
       regular exitcodes, you could use:

	      TRAP="exit 1;"   # The trailing semi-colon is important
			       # since exit is not a standalone	program

       Or, if the exitcode does	not need to depend on the  programs  run  from
       the TRAP, you can use a mere:


       The following recipe prints every incoming mail that looks like a post-
       script file.

	      :0 Bb
	      *	^^%!
	      |	lpr

       The following recipe does the same, but is a bit	 more  selective.   It
       only prints the postscript file if it comes from	the print-server.  The
       first condition matches only if it is found in the header.  The	second
       condition only matches at the start of the body.

	      :0 b
	      *	^From[ :].*print-server
	      *	B ?? ^^%!
	      |	lpr

       The same	as above, but now by slightly different	means:

	      *	^From[ :].*print-server
		:0 B b
		* ^^%!
		| lpr


	      :0 HB b
	      *	^^(.+$)*From[ :].*print-server
	      *	^^(.+$)*^%!
	      |	lpr

       Suppose	you  have  two	accounts, you use both accounts	regularly, but
       they are	in very	distinct places	(i.e., you can	only  read  mail  that
       arrived at either one of	the accounts).	You would like to forward mail
       arriving	at account one to account two, and the other way around.   The
       first  thing  that comes	to mind	is using .forward files	at both	sites;
       this won't work of course, since	you will  be  creating	a  mail	 loop.
       This  mail  loop	 can  be  avoided by inserting the following recipe in
       front of	all other recipes  in  the  $HOME/.procmailrc  files  on  both
       sites.	If  you	 make sure that	you add	the same X-Loop: field at both
       sites, mail can now safely be  forwarded	 to  the  other	 account  from
       either of them.

	      :0 c
	      *	!^X-Loop: yourname@your.main.mail.address
	      |	formail	-A "X-Loop: yourname@your.main.mail.address" | \
		 $SENDMAIL -oi yourname@the.other.account

       If  someone  sends  you a mail with the word `retrieve' in the subject,
       the following will automatically	send back the contents of info_file to
       the  sender.   Like in all recipes where	we send	mail, we watch out for
       mail loops.

	      *	!^From +YOUR_USERNAME
	      *	!^Subject:.*Re:
	      *	!^FROM_DAEMON
	      *	^Subject:.*retrieve
	      |	(formail -r ; cat info_file) | $SENDMAIL -oi -t

       Now follows an example for a very simple	fileserver accessible by mail.
       For more	demanding applications,	I suggest you take a look at SmartList
       (available from the same	 place	as  the	 procmail  distribution).   As
       listed,	this  fileserver  sends	 back at most one file per request, it
       ignores the body	of incoming mails, the Subject:	line has to look  like
       "Subject: send file the_file_you_want" (the blanks are significant), it
       does not	return files that have names starting with a dot, nor does  it
       allow  files  to	be retrieved that are outside the fileserver directory
       tree (if	you decide to munge this example, make sure you	do  not	 inad-
       vertently loosen	this last restriction).

	      *	^Subject: send file [0-9a-z]
	      *	!^X-Loop: yourname@your.main.mail.address
	      *	!^Subject:.*Re:
	      *	!^FROM_DAEMON
	      *	!^Subject: send	file .*[/.]\.
		MAILDIR=$HOME/fileserver # chdir to the	fileserver directory

		:0 fhw			 # reverse mailheader and extract name
		* ^Subject: send file \/[^ ]*
		| formail -rA "X-Loop: yourname@your.main.mail.address"

		FILE="$MATCH"		 # the requested filename

		:0 ah
		| cat -	./$FILE	2>&1 | $SENDMAIL -oi -t

       The  following example preconverts all plain-text mail arriving in cer-
       tain encoded MIME formats into a	more compact 8-bit format which	can be
       used and	displayed more easily by most programs.	 The mimencode(1) pro-
       gram is part of Nathaniel Borenstein's metamail package.

	      *	^Content-Type: *text/plain
		:0 fbw
		* ^Content-Transfer-Encoding: *quoted-printable
		| mimencode -u -q

		   :0 Afhw
		   | formail -I	"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit"

		:0 fbw
		* ^Content-Transfer-Encoding: *base64
		| mimencode -u -b

		   :0 Afhw
		   | formail -I	"Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit"

       The following one is rather exotic, but it only serves to demonstrate a
       feature.	  Suppose  you	have  a	 file  in  your	 HOME directory	called
       ".urgent", and the (one)	person named in	that file is the sender	of  an
       incoming	 mail,	you'd  like  that mail to be stored in $MAILDIR/urgent
       instead of in any of the	normal mailfolders it would have  been	sorted
       in.   Then  this	 is  what  you	could  do  (beware,  the filelength of
       $HOME/.urgent should be well below $LINEBUF, increase LINEBUF if	neces-

	      URGMATCH=`cat $HOME/.urgent`

	      *	$^From.*${URGMATCH}

       An  entirely  different application for procmail	would be to condition-
       ally apply filters to a certain (outgoing) text	or  mail.   A  typical
       example	would be a filter through which	you pipe all outgoing mail, in
       order to	make sure that it will be MIME encoded only if it needs	to be.
       I.e.  in	 this  case  you  could	start procmail in the middle of	a pipe

	      cat newtext | procmail ./mimeconvert | mail chris@where.ever

       The mimeconvert rcfile could contain something  like  (the  =0x80=  and
       =0xff= should be	substituted with the real 8-bit	characters):

	      DEFAULT=|	    # pipe to stdout instead of
			    # delivering mail as usual
	      :0 Bfbw
	      *	[=0x80=-=0xff=]
	      |	mimencode -q

		:0 Afhw
		| formail -I 'MIME-Version: 1.0' \
		   -I 'Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1' \
		   -I 'Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable'

       procmail(1), procmailrc(5), procmailsc(5), sh(1), csh(1), mail(1),
       mailx(1), binmail(1), uucp(1), aliases(5), sendmail(8), egrep(1),
       grep(1),	biff(1), comsat(8), mimencode(1), lockfile(1), formail(1)

       Stephen R. van den Berg
       Philip A. Guenther

BuGless				  2001/08/04			 PROCMAILEX(5)


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