Procmail library project homepage
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Procmail is a mail processing utility, which can help you filter your mail, sort incoming mail according to sender, Subject line, length of message, keywords in the message, etc, implement an ftp-by-mail server, and much more.">
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News2001-07 sourcefoge initial project WWW page constructed. An intermediate release was uploaded to the shourceforge as well. Announced this new project in procmail and smarlist Mailing Lists as well.
What is procmail library?First, Procmail is a mail processing utility, which can help you filter your mail, sort incoming mail according to sender, Subject line, length of message, keywords in the message, etc, implement an ftp-by-mail server, and much more. Procmail is also a complete drop-in replacement for your MDA. (If this doesn't mean anything to you, you may not want to know.) Procmail runs under Unix. See Infinite Ink's Mail Filtering and Robots page for information about related utilities for various other platforms, and competing Unix programs, too (there aren't that many of either).
Procmail module library is a collection of several self standing plug-in modules that intend to make your procmail experience more fun. Instead of having to write cryptic looking procmail files, you could see if any of the existing modules wouls already solve the problem. For example, if you subscribe to many mailing lists and wonder how you could save the messages to separate folders, take a look at plug-in pm-jalist.rc. There is lot more to see, just read full description of all modules ffrom the Package Description link above.
The modules are developed using Emacs , and there is even an Emacs minor mode to "Lint" - to do the code checking - for procmail files. See another sourceforge project at tiny-tools.sourceforge.net and package tinyprocmail.el . The output will look something like this, when run on procmail file in Emacs:
*** 1997-11-24 22:13 (pm.lint) 3.11pre7 tinypm.el 1.80 cd /users/jaalto/junk/ pm.lint:010: Warning, no right hand variable found. ([$`'] pm.lint:055: Pedantic, flag orer style is not standard `hW:' pm.lint:060: Warning, message dropped to folder, you need lock. pm.lint:062: Warning, recipe with "|" may need `w' flag. pm.lint:073: Warning, Formail used but no `f' flag found.If you do not know what Emacs is see the tiny-tools project and page "Emacs Resource page". All the programs in this library are released under GPL (General Public Licence http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html ) The documentation is released under OPL (Open Publication Licence http://www.opencontent.org/openpub/ ), which permits free usage, but prohibits commercial usage without an agreement with the Author(s).
Platform SupportAny Unix system that can run Procmail. Only the very latest procmail version is supported. Procmail is usually installed as the system MTA (Mail Transport Agent), the software, that delivers incoming mail to users' mailboxes. Ask your sysadm, if you do not know if Procmail sia vailable in your system, or you could check version number with:
bash$ procmail -v
Mailing list information
There is no separate mailing list for the project. You should join
the procmail mailing list (procmail-L) instead and
send questions and suggestions there. Remember to add word pm-lib at the beginning of the Subject if you
want to get attention immediately. For complete procmail mailing list
is the join instruction, but it may not be up to date:
Old archived messages can be read at
Old archived messages can be read at http://www.rosat.mpe-garching.mpg.de/mailing-lists/procmail/
$ cvs -d :pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/pm-lib login password: [RET] $ cvs -z6 -d :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/pm-lib co pm-libAfter the above initial checkout procedure, all you have to do is to issue this command from time to time to read the updates:
$ cd pm-lib $ cvs update
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