On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 02:17:21PM +0000, Wayne K9DI wrote: > Wayne K9DI & Leader Dog Patriot here. I am writing to ask for some help. > I was reading a procmail quickstart guide (by Nancy McGough) and I got to the part > about the .forward file. The guide stated that most modern systems don't use > .forward so my question is do I need a .forward file on system running FreeBSD > 5.2?
It depends on how you configure your mail system. If you use what is provided by default -- sendmail(8) as the MTA, mail.local(1) as the MDA, then running procmail(1) via a .forward file should just work. However, most people wishing to use procmail will set it up as the standard mail delivery agent -- for sendmail, all you need to do is add: FEATURE(local_procmail)dnl to your `hostname`.mc file and build and install a sendmail configuration from that. If you do that, then all of the mail delivered on your system will be processed by procmail automatically, and all you need is a ~/.procmailrc file containing your procmail recipes (procmail will just deliver to the default mailbox if there isn't a ~/.procmailrc). There are usually similar ways of making procmail the default delivery agent for other MTAs -- there's plenty of HOWTOs and other information available if you search the net. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 26 The Paddocks Savill Way PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Marlow Tel: +44 1628 476614 Bucks., SL7 1TH UK
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