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Mail for the Home Network
For purposes of this article, all we want procmail to do is to put the
mail in the users' account in /var/spool/mail. As such, remove all
~/.procmailrc and ~/.forward files from each user's home directory. Procmail
deserves its own article, so we will not cover it here. For our purposes,
as long as procmail is installed on your server, things will work.
Procmail is a very powerful program. After your home mail system is
setup completely, here is what procmail can do for you:
Sets the appropriate variables
Creates a backup cache of messages so that, if anything goes wrong, you
always have the last 100 messages you received.
Filter out mailing list mail into a "Bulk Mail" folder.
Filter the remaining mail for spam, either deleting the spam or putting
it into a separate folder, as you prefer, and tagging suspicious email/probable
spam and filing it separately from non-spam email.
Deliver the filtered personal mail to your inbox, where you can read it
with Eudora or a POP program, or on shell with elm or pine.
Copyright © 1999, JC Pollman and Bill Mote
Published in Issue 45 of Linux Gazette, September 1999