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       procmailrc - procmail rcfile


       For a quick start, see NOTES at the end of the procmail(1) man page.

       The  rcfile  can	 contain a mixture of environment variable assignments
       (some of	which have special meanings to	procmail),  and	 recipes.   In
       their  most  simple appearance, the recipes are simply one line regular
       expressions that	are searched for in the	header of the  arriving	 mail.
       The  first  recipe that matches is used to determine where the mail has
       to go (usually a	file).	If processing falls off	the end	of the rcfile,
       procmail	will deliver the mail to $DEFAULT.

       There  are two kinds of recipes:	delivering and non-delivering recipes.
       If a delivering recipe is found to match, procmail considers  the  mail
       (you  guessed  it) delivered and	will cease processing the rcfile after
       having successfully executed the	action line of the recipe.  If a  non-
       delivering recipe is found to match, processing of the rcfile will con-
       tinue after the action line of this recipe has been executed.

       Delivering recipes are those that cause header and/or body of the  mail
       to  be:	written	 into  a file, absorbed	by a program or	forwarded to a

       Non-delivering recipes are: those that cause the	output of a program or
       filter  to  be  captured	back by	procmail or those that start a nesting

       You can tell procmail to	treat a	delivering recipe as if	it were	a non-
       delivering  recipe  by  specifying the `c' flag on such a recipe.  This
       will make procmail generate a carbon copy of the	mail by	delivering  it
       to this recipe, yet continue processing the rcfile.

       By  using  any  number  of  recipes you can presort your	mail extremely
       straightforward into several mailfolders.  Bear in mind though that the
       mail  can arrive	concurrently in	these mailfolders (if several procmail
       programs	happen to run at the same time,	not unlikely if	a lot of  mail
       arrives).   To  make sure this does not result in a mess, proper	use of
       lockfiles is highly recommended.

       The environment variable	assignments and	recipes	can be	freely	inter-
       mixed  in the rcfile. If	any environment	variable has a special meaning
       to procmail, it will be used appropriately  the	moment	it  is	parsed
       (i.e., you can change the current directory whenever you	want by	speci-
       fying a new MAILDIR, switch lockfiles by	 specifying  a	new  LOCKFILE,
       change  the umask at any	time, etc., the	possibilities are endless :-).

       The assignments and substitutions of these  environment	variables  are
       handled	exactly	 like  in sh(1)	(that includes all possible quotes and
       escapes), with the added	bonus that blanks  around  the	'='  sign  are
       ignored and that, if an environment variable appears without a trailing
       '=', it will be removed from the	environment.   Any  program  in	 back-
       quotes started by procmail will have the	entire mail at its stdin.

       A  word	beginning with # and all the following characters up to	a NEW-
       LINE are	ignored.  This does not	apply to condition lines, which	cannot
       be commented.

       A  line	starting with ':' marks	the beginning of a recipe.  It has the
       following format:

	      :0 [flags] [ : [locallockfile] ]
	      <zero or more conditions (one per	line)>
	      <exactly one action line>

       Conditions start	with a leading `*', everything after that character is
       passed  on  to  the  internal  egrep  literally,	except for leading and
       trailing	whitespace.  These regular expressions are completely compati-
       ble  to	the  normal  egrep(1)  extended	regular	expressions.  See also
       Extended	regular	expressions.

       Conditions are anded; if	there are no conditions	 the  result  will  be
       true by default.

       Flags can be any	of the following:

       H    Egrep the header (default).

       B    Egrep the body.

       D    Tell  the  internal	 egrep	to distinguish between upper and lower
	    case (contrary to the default which	is to ignore case).

       A    This recipe	will not be executed unless the	conditions on the last
	    preceding  recipe (on the current block-nesting level) without the
	    `A'	or `a' flag matched as well.  This allows you to chain actions
	    that depend	on a common condition.

       a    Has	 the  same meaning as the `A' flag, with the additional	condi-
	    tion that the immediately preceding	recipe must have been success-
	    fully completed before this	recipe is executed.

       E    This  recipe only executes if the immediately preceding recipe was
	    not	executed.  Execution of	this recipe also disables any  immedi-
	    ately  following  recipes  with  the 'E' flag.  This allows	you to
	    specify `else if' actions.

       e    This recipe	only executes  if  the	immediately  preceding	recipe
	    failed  (i.e.,  the	 action	line was attempted, but	resulted in an

       h    Feed the header to the pipe, file or mail destination (default).

       b    Feed the body to the pipe, file or mail destination	(default).

       f    Consider the pipe as a filter.

       c    Generate a carbon copy of this mail.  This	only  makes  sense  on
	    delivering	recipes.  The only non-delivering recipe this flag has
	    an effect on is on a nesting block,	in order to generate a	carbon
	    copy  this will clone the running procmail process (lockfiles will
	    not	be inherited), whereby the clone will proceed as usual and the
	    parent will	jump across the	block.

       w    Wait  for  the  filter or program to finish	and check its exitcode
	    (normally ignored);	if the filter is unsuccessful, then  the  text
	    will not have been filtered.

       W    Has	 the same meaning as the `w' flag, but will suppress any `Pro-
	    gram failure' message.

       i    Ignore any write errors on this recipe (i.e., usually  due	to  an
	    early closed pipe).

       r    Raw	 mode,	do not try to ensure the mail ends with	an empty line,
	    write it out as is.

       There are some special conditions you can use  that  are	 not  straight
       regular expressions.  To	select them, the condition must	start with:

       !    Invert the condition.

       $    Evaluate  the  remainder of	this condition according to sh(1) sub-
	    stitution rules inside double  quotes,  skip  leading  whitespace,
	    then reparse it.

       ?    Use	the exitcode of	the specified program.

       <    Check  if  the total length	of the mail is shorter than the	speci-
	    fied (in decimal) number of	bytes.

       >    Analogous to '<'.

       variablename ??
	    Match the remainder	of this	condition against the  value  of  this
	    environment	 variable (which cannot	be a pseudo variable).	A spe-
	    cial case is if variablename is equal to `B', `H', `HB'  or	 `BH';
	    this  merely overrides the default header/body search area defined
	    by the initial flags on this recipe.

       \    To quote any of the	above at the start of the line.

   Local lockfile
       If you put a second (trailing) ':' on the first recipe line, then proc-
       mail  will use a	locallockfile (for this	recipe only).  You can option-
       ally specify the	locallockfile to use; if you don't  however,  procmail
       will  use the destination filename (or the filename following the first
       '>>') and will append $LOCKEXT to it.

   Recipe action line
       The action line can start with the following characters:

       !      Forwards to all the specified mail addresses.

       |      Starts the specified program, possibly in	$SHELL if any  of  the
	      characters  $SHELLMETAS are spotted.  You	can optionally prepend
	      this pipe	symbol with variable=, which will cause	stdout of  the
	      program  to  be  captured	 in the	environment variable (procmail
	      will not terminate processing the	rcfile at this point).	If you
	      specify  just  this pipe symbol, without any program, then proc-
	      mail will	pipe the mail to stdout.

       {      Followed by at least one space, tab or  newline  will  mark  the
	      start  of	 a nesting block.  Everything up till the next closing
	      brace will depend	on the conditions specified for	 this  recipe.
	      Unlimited	nesting	is permitted.  The closing brace exists	merely
	      to delimit the block, it will not	cause procmail to terminate in
	      any  way.	 If the	end of a block is reached processing will con-
	      tinue as usual after the block.  On a nesting block,  the	 flags
	      `H'  and `B' only	affect the conditions leading up to the	block,
	      the flags	`h' and	`b' have no effect whatsoever.

       Anything	else will be taken as a	mailbox	name (either a filename	 or  a
       directory,   absolute   or  relative  to	 the  current  directory  (see
       MAILDIR)).  If it is a (possibly	yet nonexistent)  filename,  the  mail
       will be appended	to it.

       If  it  is  a directory,	the mail will be delivered to a	newly created,
       guaranteed to be	unique file named $MSGPREFIX* in the specified	direc-
       tory.   If  the	mailbox	name ends in "/.", then	this directory is pre-
       sumed to	be an MH folder; i.e., procmail	will use the  next  number  it
       finds  available.  If the mailbox name ends in "/", then	this directory
       is presumed to be a maildir folder; i.e.,  procmail  will  deliver  the
       message	to  a  file  in	a subdirectory named "tmp" and rename it to be
       inside a	subdirectory named "new".  If the mailbox is specified	to  be
       an  MH  folder  or  maildir  folder, procmail will create the necessary
       directories if they don't exist,	rather than treat  the	mailbox	 as  a
       non-existent filename.  When procmail is	delivering to directories, you
       can specify multiple directories	to deliver to  (procmail  will	do  so
       utilising hardlinks).

   Environment variable	defaults
			     Your (the recipient's) defaults

       PATH		     $HOME/bin :/bin :/usr/bin (Except during the pro-
			     cessing  of  an  /usr/local/etc/procmailrc	 file,
			     when it will be set to `/bin:/usr/bin'.)

       SHELLMETAS	     &|<>~;?*[

       SHELLFLAGS	     -c

       ORGMAIL		     /var/mail/$LOGNAME
			     (Unless  -m  has been specified, in which case it
			     is	unset)

       MAILDIR		     $HOME
			     (Unless the name of the first successfully	opened
			     rcfile  starts with `./' or if -m has been	speci-
			     fied, in which case it defaults to	`.')

       DEFAULT		     $ORGMAIL

       MSGPREFIX	     msg.

       SENDMAIL		     /usr/sbin/sendmail

       SENDMAILFLAGS	     -oi

       HOST		     The current hostname

       COMSAT		     no
			     (If an rcfile is specified	on the command line)

       PROCMAIL_VERSION	     3.22

       LOCKEXT		     .lock

       Other cleared or	preset environment variables are IFS, ENV and PWD.

       For security reasons, upon startup procmail will	wipe out all  environ-
       ment variables that are suspected of modifying the behavior of the run-
       time linker.

       Before you get lost in the multitude of environment variables, keep  in
       mind that all of	them have reasonable defaults.

       MAILDIR	   Current  directory  while procmail is executing (that means
		   that	all paths are relative to $MAILDIR).

       DEFAULT	   Default mailbox file	(if not	told otherwise,	procmail  will
		   dump	 mail  in  this	mailbox).  Procmail will automatically
		   use $DEFAULT$LOCKEXT	as lockfile prior to writing  to  this
		   mailbox.   You  do  not need	to set this variable, since it
		   already points to the standard system mailbox.

       LOGFILE	   This	file will also contain any error  or  diagnostic  mes-
		   sages  from	procmail  (normally none :-) or	any other pro-
		   grams started by procmail.  If this file is not  specified,
		   any	diagnostics  or	 error messages	will be	mailed back to
		   the sender.	See also LOGABSTRACT.

       VERBOSE	   You can turn	on extended diagnostics	by setting this	 vari-
		   able	 to `yes' or `on', to turn it off again	set it to `no'
		   or `off'.

       LOGABSTRACT Just	before procmail	exits  it  logs	 an  abstract  of  the
		   delivered message in	$LOGFILE showing the `From ' and `Sub-
		   ject:' fields of the	header,	what folder it finally went to
		   and	how  long (in bytes) the message was.  By setting this
		   variable to `no',  generation  of  this  abstract  is  sup-
		   pressed.   If  you  set  it	to `all', procmail will	log an
		   abstract for	every successful  delivering  recipe  it  pro-

       LOG	   Anything  assigned  to  this	 variable  will	be appended to

       ORGMAIL	   Usually the system mailbox  (ORiGinal  MAILbox).   If,  for
		   some	obscure	reason (like `filesystem full')	the mail could
		   not be delivered,  then  this  mailbox  will	 be  the  last
		   resort.   If	procmail fails to save the mail	in here	(deep,
		   deep	trouble	:-), then the mail will	 bounce	 back  to  the

       LOCKFILE	   Global  semaphore file.  If this file already exists, proc-
		   mail	will wait until	it has	gone  before  proceeding,  and
		   will	 create	 it  itself  (cleaning	it  up	when ready, of
		   course).  If	more than one lockfile are specified, then the
		   previous  one  will	be removed before trying to create the
		   new one.  The use of	 a  global  lockfile  is  discouraged,
		   whenever  possible  use  locallockfiles  (on	 a  per	recipe
		   basis) instead.

       LOCKEXT	   Default extension that is appended to a destination file to
		   determine what local	lockfile to use	(only if turned	on, on
		   a per-recipe	basis).

       LOCKSLEEP   Number of seconds procmail will sleep before	retrying on  a
		   lockfile  (if  it  already  existed);  if not specified, it
		   defaults to 8 seconds.

       LOCKTIMEOUT Number of seconds that have to have passed since a lockfile
		   was last modified/created before procmail decides that this
		   must	be  an	erroneously  leftover  lockfile	 that  can  be
		   removed  by	force  now.   If zero, then no timeout will be
		   used	and procmail will wait forever until the  lockfile  is
		   removed;  if	 not  specified,  it defaults to 1024 seconds.
		   This	variable is useful to prevent  indefinite  hangups  of
		   sendmail/procmail.  Procmail	is immune to clock skew	across

       TIMEOUT	   Number of seconds that have to have passed before  procmail
		   decides  that  some	child it started must be hanging.  The
		   offending program will  receive  a  TERMINATE  signal  from
		   procmail,  and  processing of the rcfile will continue.  If
		   zero, then no timeout will be used and procmail  will  wait
		   forever  until  the child has terminated; if	not specified,
		   it defaults to 960 seconds.

       MSGPREFIX   Filename prefix that	is used	when delivering	to a directory
		   (not	used when delivering to	a maildir or an	MH directory).

       HOST	   If this is not the hostname of the machine,	processing  of
		   the current rcfile will immediately cease. If other rcfiles
		   were	specified on the command line,	processing  will  con-
		   tinue with the next one.  If	all rcfiles are	exhausted, the
		   program will	terminate, but	will  not  generate  an	 error
		   (i.e.,  to  the  mailer it will seem	that the mail has been

       UMASK	   The name says it all	(if it doesn't,	then forget about this
		   one	:-).   Anything	assigned to UMASK is taken as an octal
		   number.  If not specified, the umask	defaults to  077.   If
		   the	umask permits o+x, all the mailboxes procmail delivers
		   to directly will receive an o+x mode	change.	 This  can  be
		   used	to check if new	mail arrived.

       SHELLMETAS  If  any of the characters in	SHELLMETAS appears in the line
		   specifying a	filter or program, the line  will  be  fed  to
		   $SHELL instead of being executed directly.

       SHELLFLAGS  Any invocation of $SHELL will be like:
		   "$SHELL" "$SHELLFLAGS" "$*";

       SENDMAIL	   If  you're  not  using  the forwarding facility don't worry
		   about this one.  It specifies the program being  called  to
		   forward any mail.
		   It gets invoked as: "$SENDMAIL" $SENDMAILFLAGS "$@";

       NORESRETRY  Number of retries that are to be made if any	`process table
		   full', `file	table full', `out of memory' or	`out  of  swap
		   space'  error  should  occur.   If this number is negative,
		   then	procmail will retry indefinitely; if not specified, it
		   defaults  to	 4  times.   The retries occur with a $SUSPEND
		   second interval.  The idea behind this is  that  if,	 e.g.,
		   the	swap  space has	been exhausted or the process table is
		   full, usually several other	programs  will	either	detect
		   this	 as well and abort or crash 8-), thereby freeing valu-
		   able	resources for procmail.

       SUSPEND	   Number of seconds that procmail will	pause  if  it  has  to
		   wait	 for  something	that is	currently unavailable (memory,
		   fork, etc.);	if not specified, it will default to  16  sec-
		   onds.  See also: LOCKSLEEP.

       LINEBUF	   Length  of the internal line	buffers, cannot	be set smaller
		   than	128.  All lines	read from the rcfile should not	exceed
		   $LINEBUF  characters	 before	 and  after expansion.	If not
		   specified, it defaults to 2048.   This  limit,  of  course,
		   does	not apply to the mail itself, which can	have arbitrary
		   line	lengths, or could be a binary file  for	 that  matter.

       DELIVERED   If  set  to `yes' procmail will pretend (to the mail	agent)
		   the mail has	been delivered.	 If mail cannot	 be  delivered
		   after  having  met this assignment (set to `yes'), the mail
		   will	be lost	(i.e., it will not bounce).

       TRAP	   When	procmail terminates of its own accord and not  because
		   it  received	a signal, it will execute the contents of this
		   variable.  A	copy of	the mail can be	read from stdin.   Any
		   output  produced  by	this command will be appended to $LOG-
		   FILE.  Possible uses	for TRAP  are:	removal	 of  temporary
		   files,  logging  customised abstracts, etc.	See also EXIT-

       EXITCODE	   By default, procmail	returns	an exitcode of zero  (success)
		   if  it  successfully	 delivered  the	message	or if the HOST
		   variable was	misset and there were no more rcfiles  on  the
		   command  line;  otherwise it	returns	failure.  Before doing
		   so, procmail	examines the value of this variable.  If it is
		   set	to a positive numeric value, procmail will instead use
		   that	value as its exitcode.	If this	variable  is  set  but
		   empty  and  TRAP  is	set, procmail will set the exitcode to
		   whatever the	TRAP program returns.  If this variable	is not
		   set,	 procmail  will	 set  it shortly before	calling	up the
		   TRAP	program.

       LASTFOLDER  This	variable is assigned to	by  procmail  whenever	it  is
		   delivering  to a folder or program.	It always contains the
		   name	of the last file (or program) procmail	delivered  to.
		   If  the  last  delivery  was	 to  several directory folders
		   together then $LASTFOLDER will contain the hardlinked file-
		   names as a space separated list.

       MATCH	   This	 variable  is  assigned	 to by procmail	whenever it is
		   told	to extract text	from a	matching  regular  expression.
		   It  will  contain  all text matching	the regular expression
		   past	the `\/' token.

       SHIFT	   Assigning a positive	value to this variable	has  the  same
		   effect  as  the  `shift' command in sh(1).  This command is
		   most	useful to extract extra	arguments passed  to  procmail
		   when	acting as a generic mailfilter.

       INCLUDERC   Names  an  rcfile (relative to the current directory) which
		   will	be included here as if it were	part  of  the  current
		   rcfile.   Nesting  is permitted and only limited by systems
		   resources (memory and file descriptors).  As	no checking is
		   done	 on  the permissions or	ownership of the rcfile, users
		   of INCLUDERC	should make sure that only trusted users  have
		   write  access to the	included rcfile	or the directory it is
		   in.	Command	line assignments to INCLUDERC have no  effect.

       SWITCHRC	   Names  an  rcfile  (relative	 to  the current directory) to
		   which processing will be switched.	If  the	 named	rcfile
		   doesn't  exist or is	not a normal file or /dev/null then an
		   error will be logged	and processing will  continue  in  the
		   current  rcfile.   Otherwise,  processing  of  the  current
		   rcfile will	be  aborted  and  the  named  rcfile  started.
		   Unsetting  SWITCHRC aborts processing of the	current	rcfile
		   as if it had	ended at the assignment.  As  with  INCLUDERC,
		   no  checking	is done	on the permissions or ownership	of the
		   rcfile and command line assignments have no effect.

		   The version number of the running procmail binary.

		   This	variable will be set to	a non-empty value if  procmail
		   detects  a buffer overflow.	See the	BUGS section below for
		   other details of operation when overflow occurs.

       COMSAT	   Comsat(8)/biff(1) notification is on	by default, it can  be
		   turned off by setting this variable to `no'.	 Alternatively
		   the biff-service can	be customised by setting it to	either
		   `service@',	`@hostname',  or `service@hostname'.  When not
		   specified it	defaults to biff@localhost.

       DROPPRIVS   If set to `yes' procmail will drop all privileges it	 might
		   have	 had  (suid or sgid).  This is only useful if you want
		   to	guarantee   that    the	   bottom    half    of	   the
		   /usr/local/etc/procmailrc file is executed on behalf	of the

   Extended regular expressions
       The following tokens are	known to both the procmail internal egrep  and
       the  standard  egrep(1) (beware that some egrep implementations include
       other non-standard extensions):

       ^	 Start of a line.

       $	 End of	a line.

       .	 Any character except a	newline.

       a*	 Any sequence of zero or more a's.

       a+	 Any sequence of one or	more a's.

       a?	 Either	zero or	one a.

       [^-a-d]	 Any character which is	not either a dash, a, b, c, d or  new-

       de|abc	 Either	the sequence `de' or `abc'.

       (abc)*	 Zero or more times the	sequence `abc'.

       \.	 Matches a single dot; use \ to	quote any of the magic charac-
		 ters to get rid of their special meaning.  See	also $\	 vari-
		 able substitution.

       These  were  only  samples,  of course, any more	complex	combination is
       valid as	well.

       The following token meanings are	special	procmail extensions:

       ^ or $	 Match a newline (for multiline	matches).

       ^^	 Anchor	the expression at the very start of the	 search	 area,
		 or  if	encountered at the end of the expression, anchor it at
		 the very end of the search area.

       \< or \>	 Match the character before or after a word.  They are	merely
		 a shorthand for `[^a-zA-Z0-9_]', but can also match newlines.
		 Since they match actual characters, they are only suitable to
		 delimit words,	not to delimit inter-word space.

       \/	 Splits	 the expression	in two parts.  Everything matching the
		 right part will be assigned to	the  MATCH  environment	 vari-

       Look in the procmailex(5) man page.

       Continued  lines	in an action line that specifies a program always have
       to end in a backslash, even if the underlying shell would not  need  or
       want  the  backslash  to	indicate continuation.	This is	due to the two
       pass parsing process needed (first procmail, then the  shell  (or  not,
       depending on SHELLMETAS)).

       Don't  put  comments  on	 the  regular  expression condition lines in a
       recipe, these lines are fed to the internal egrep literally (except for
       continuation backslashes	at the end of a	line).

       Leading	whitespace  on continued regular expression condition lines is
       usually ignored (so that	they can be indented), but  not	 on  continued
       condition  lines	that are evaluated according to	the sh(1) substitution
       rules inside double quotes.

       Watch out for deadlocks when doing  unhealthy  things  like  forwarding
       mail  to	 your  own  account.  Deadlocks	can be broken by proper	use of

       Any default values that procmail	has  for  some	environment  variables
       will always override the	ones that were already defined.	 If you	really
       want to override	the defaults, you either  have	to  put	 them  in  the
       rcfile or on the	command	line as	arguments.

       The  /usr/local/etc/procmailrc file cannot change the PATH setting seen
       by user rcfiles as the  value  is  reset	 when  procmail	 finishes  the
       /usr/local/etc/procmailrc file.	While future enhancements are expected
       in this area, recompiling procmail with the desired value is  currently
       the only	correct	solution.

       Environment  variables set inside the shell-interpreted-`|' action part
       of a recipe will	not retain their value after the recipe	 has  finished
       since  they  are	set in a subshell of procmail.	To make	sure the value
       of an environment variable is retained you have to put  the  assignment
       to the variable before the leading `|' of a recipe, so that it can cap-
       ture stdout of the program.

       If you specify only a `h' or a `b' flag on a delivering recipe, and the
       recipe  matches,	then, unless the `c' flag is present as	well, the body
       respectively the	header of the mail will	be silently lost.

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

       The only	substitutions of environment variables that can	be handled  by
       procmail	  itself  are  of  the	type  $name,  ${name},	${name:-text},
       ${name:+text}, ${name-text}, ${name+text}, $\name, $#, $n, $$, $?,  $_,
       $- and $=; whereby $\name will be substituted by	the all-magic-regular-
       expression-characters-disarmed equivalent of $name, $_ by the  name  of
       the  current rcfile, $- by $LASTFOLDER and $= will contain the score of
       the last	recipe.	 Furthermore, the result of $\name  substitution  will
       never  be  split	on whitespace.	When the -a or -m options are used, $#
       will expand to the number of  arguments	so  specified  and  "$@"  (the
       quotes  are required) will expand to the	specified arguments.  However,
       "$@" will only be expanded when used in the argument list to a program,
       and then	only one such occurrence will be expanded.

       Unquoted	 variable expansions performed by procmail are always split on
       space, tab, and newline characters; the IFS variable is not used	inter-

       Procmail	does not support the expansion of `~'.

       A  line	buffer	of length $LINEBUF is used when	processing the rcfile,
       any expansions that don't fit within this limit will be	truncated  and
       PROCMAIL_OVERFLOW  will be set.	If the overflowing line	is a condition
       or an action line, then it will be considered failed and	procmail  will
       continue	 processing.   If  it is a variable assignment or recipe start
       line then procmail will abort the entire	rcfile.

       If the global lockfile has a relative path, and the  current  directory
       is not the same as when the global lockfile was created,	then the glob-
       al lockfile will	not be removed if procmail exits at that point	(reme-
       dy: use absolute	paths to specify global	lockfiles).

       If  an  rcfile  has a relative path and when the	rcfile is first	opened
       MAILDIR contains	a relative path, and if	at one point procmail  is  in-
       structed	 to  clone  itself and the current directory has changed since
       the rcfile was opened, then procmail will not be	able to	 clone	itself
       (remedy:	 use  an  absolute  path  to reference the rcfile or make sure
       MAILDIR contains	an absolute path as the	rcfile is opened).

       A locallockfile on the recipe that marks	the  start  of	a  non-forking
       nested block does not work as expected.

       When  capturing	stdout from a recipe into an environment variable, ex-
       actly one trailing newline will be stripped.

       Some non-optimal	and non-obvious	regexps	set MATCH to an	incorrect val-
       ue.  The	regexp can be made to work by removing one or more unneeded

       If the regular expression contains `^TO_' it will be substituted	by
       |Apparently(-Resent)?)-To):(.*[^-a-zA-Z0-9_.])?)', which	should catch
       all destination specifications containing a specific address.

       If the regular expression contains `^TO'	it will	be substituted by
       |Apparently(-Resent)?)-To):(.*[^a-zA-Z])?)', which should catch all
       destination specifications containing a specific	word.

       If the regular expression contains `^FROM_DAEMON' it will be substitut-
       ed by `(^(Mailing-List:|Precedence:.*(junk|bulk|list)|To: Multiple
       recipients of |(((Resent-)?(From|Sender)|X-Envelope-From):|>?From
       z0-9][-_a-z0-9]*)?[%@>\t	][^<)]*(\(.*\).*)?)?$([^>]|$)))', which	should
       catch mails coming from most daemons (how's that	for a regular
       expression :-).

       If the regular expression contains `^FROM_MAILER' it will be substitut-
       ed by `(^(((Resent-)?(From|Sender)|X-Envelope-From):|>?From
       ][^<)]*(\(.*\).*)?)?$([^>]|$))' (a stripped down	version	of
       `^FROM_DAEMON'),	which should catch mails coming	from most mailer-

       When  assigning	boolean	values to variables like VERBOSE, DELIVERED or
       COMSAT, procmail	accepts	as true	every string starting with: a non-zero
       value,  `on',  `y', `t' or `e'.	False is every string starting with: a
       zero value, `off', `n', `f' or `d'.

       If the action line of a recipe specifies	a program, a  sole  backslash-
       newline	pair in	it on an otherwise empty line will be converted	into a

       The regular expression engine built  into  procmail  does  not  support
       named character classes.

       Since  unquoted	leading	 whitespace is generally ignored in the	rcfile
       you can indent everything to taste.

       The leading `|' on the action line to specify a program	or  filter  is
       stripped	before checking	for $SHELLMETAS.

       Files included with the INCLUDERC directive containing only environment
       variable	assignments can	be shared with sh.

       The current behavior of assignments on the command  line	 to  INCLUDERC
       and  SWITCHRC is	not guaranteed,	has been changed once already, and may
       be changed again	or removed in future releases.

       For really complicated processing you can even consider	calling	 proc-
       mail recursively.

       In  the old days, the `:0' that marks the beginning of a	recipe,	had to
       be changed to `:n', whereby `n' denotes the number of  conditions  that

       Stephen R. van den Berg
       Philip A. Guenther

BuGless				  2001/08/04			 PROCMAILRC(5)


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