Talk:Procmail

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Procmail for new accounts starting 2008

Please add instructions on how to use procmail for accounts created starting 4/2008.

It would be hard to stomach that one purchasing Unix hosting could not use procmail. Please post the workaround. Jidanni 14:07, 10 April 2008 (PDT)

Well, the whole point of not allowing something is that you can't do it. There is no work-around. -Mikes 04:36, 11 April 2008 (PDT)

I added a suggestion to allow creation of legacy "maildir" accounts so that procmail can still be used. Would there be a problem with me linking to the suggestion from within the article? --Jdaskew 16:19, 23 April 2008 (PDT)

No objections as of 4/25. I'm adding this at the top of the article since I believe that it will be important to anyone visiting this page. If there is a more appropriate place to put this, please let me know. --Jdaskew 16:20, 25 April 2008 (PDT)
Just learned that campaigning for suggestions is frowned upon and have removed the link --Jdaskew 10:35, 26 May 2008 (PDT)

Workaround

Via the panel one can set up forwarding

me@example.com --> MyShellAccount@MyShellServer.dreamhost.com

where one has procmail installed. Then in procmail forward post-filtered mail with

! me-filtered@example.com

which one can then access with IMAP. Jidanni 23:41, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

However the above solution ran into DreamHost internal forwarding quota bugs, so much so that they ended up sponsoring a private server with postfix running on it for me, as that was easier than fixing their internal bugs. I made sure to lock the private server at 150MB minimum usage, as that is the amount for which DreamHost would sponsor. Also I only ran my mail related programs on it, as that is why they sponsored it for me.

I then on the Panel set up a standard mailbox as a backup, (with deletion activated for older, even unread, mail), as a backup. This standard mailbox then also forwards to the private server, where I run procmail and read via IMAP, just like the good old Unix days.

So if you run into the same DreamHost internal bugs, maybe contact brian@dreamhost.com who set up the above for me.

Jidanni 21:29, 27 June 2009 (UTC)

This workaround seems to work perfectly. Any objections to moving it to the front page Electron 19:44, 17 December 2009 (UTC)

See also Procmail + SpamAssassin Jidanni 15:40, 13 July 2009 (UTC)