[linux-elitists] That ol' familiar MUA song

Karsten M. Self karsten at linuxmafia.com
Fri Mar 20 16:21:46 PDT 2009


on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 09:44:26PM -0400, Vineet Kumar (vineet at doorstop.net) wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 8:07 PM, Jason White <jason at jasonjgw.net> wrote:
> > Have you looked at Maildrop? Apparently it performs syntax checking before
> > executing the filtering rules.
> 
> Indeed it does, it returns EX_TEMPFAIL, indicating to the MTA to retry
> delivery later, giving you a chance to fix your config file without
> losing mail.
> 
> The syntax alone is enough. There's a "||" operator, and it means
> logical or! Rules don't start with :0"! procmail is flat-out
> ridiculous.

That's legacy for you:

    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
    follow.

    PROCMAILRC(5)

I'm not going to say it's a *good* reason, but it's a reason.


Peace.

-- 
Karsten M. Self <karsten at linuxmafia.com>        http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten
    Ceterum censeo, Caldera delenda est.
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