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Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

Posted Nov 24, 2010 22:34 UTC (Wed) by armijn (subscriber, #3653)
Parent article: Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

I'm definitely missing Sieve (see RFC 5228) as a solution. Especially in a setup with virtual users it has advantages over procmail, such as a restricted set of commands (you can't run external commands for example). The most popular IMAP servers like Cyrus and Dovecot have pretty complete Sieve implementations. Support in clients is unfortunately still buggy, or completely missing.


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Reports of procmail's death are not terribly exaggerated

Posted Nov 25, 2010 10:34 UTC (Thu) by armijn (subscriber, #3653) [Link]

Rephrase: I am missing it as a solution, not in the article (it's obviously mentioned there), but in the wider email ecosystem. Because of the lack of client support it feels a bit...hackish to implement.

Sieve

Posted Dec 4, 2010 18:55 UTC (Sat) by Comet (subscriber, #11646) [Link]

A good resource for finding Sieve clients, tools, etc is http://sieve.info/

Unfortunately, while Sieve is designed to be regular enough that tools can manipulate the language directly, the web UIs I saw when I last looked (a few years ago, admittedly) all maintained their own state, serialized into comments in the sieve scripts, and the actual directives would be regenerated from those, so that while Sieve remained a lingua franca for humans reading the scripts, machine-based manipulation interoperability was lost.

Note that while IMAP Sieve is good, having Sieve scripts run by the LDA from the MUA can let you reject without having to generate bounces locally, reducing backscatter. Eg, Exim's Sieve support with pysieved for a ManageSieve interface.

I'm comfortable working with config files directly, so just use sieve-connect to manipulate the scripts, but since there are desktop clients for Gnome and MacOS now, perhaps those are worth a look?


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