On Wed, Jul 06, 2011 at 04:24:29PM -0500, Tamara Temple wrote:

> On Jul 6, 2011, at 3:19 PM, Paul M Foster wrote:
> >Postfix is a *nix program which can be connected to whatever
> >program you
> >use to grab mail with. With postfix, you write "recipes" which dictate
> >what will be done with a piece of incoming mail, based on whatever
> >characteristics you choose. Think of it as the spam controls in
> >Firefox
> >or Outlook, but on steroids. Typically, postfix will either drop a
> >piece
> >of spam on the floor, mark it in some way your mail client will
> >understand, or file it an a separate folder. Moreover, it's not
> >just for
> >spam. It can be used to filter out duplicate emails, file copies of
> >emails under different folders by subject, etc.
> >
> Actually, what you're describing sounds much more like procmail than
> postfix. Postfix is a MTA - Mail Transfer Agent, a replacement for
> Sendmail on Unix systems. It does SMTP and local delivery of mail,
> and can hook into procmail to further process mail for a given user.
> Procmail *can* act as a MTA, but only in the local context.

Well, DUH!

I can't believe I wrote this whole email about Postfix, while instead
carefully explaining what procmail was! Maybe I need more rest than I

My apologies for the waste of bandwidth. Tamara's explanation is exactly


Paul M. Foster

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