OT: Mail rules (was: Re: [Samba] Auto-away replies)

Jonathan Johnson jon at sutinen.com
Thu Jun 5 21:03:00 GMT 2003

Unfortunately, many people set their MUA's (Outlook/Express) mail rules
filter to provide the vacation message, then leave it running when they're
gone. Others set the rule and close Outlook, then when they get back from
vacation and download all their messages everyone gets a vacation message
even thogh they're back. Outlook/Express do not allow you to create custom
rules like "Where the Precedence line contains "list" do not send vacation

These people are broken and cannot be fixed. :-P

At the very least, they should set a rule "where the subject contains
"samba" don't send vacation message." Or something like that.

For those with the ability so set proper rules, the following two header
fields appear in EVERY message from the samba list and can be used for
custom filter sets:

Precedence: list
List-Id: General questions regarding Samba  <samba.lists.samba.org>

The Precedence line should be used to prevent vacation messages from being
sent. The List-Id can be used to direct these messages into an appropriate
mailbox folder.


On Thu, 5 Jun 2003, Mark Ferlatte wrote:

> Dan Shadix said on Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 01:22:54PM -0600:

> > The problem is that the messages from this list come addressed From:
> > each person instead of the list.  There's no way to set up the vacation
> > message to know that the message is from a list (at least on our
> > server).

> Then your server is broken.  The Unix vacation program has been able to
> notice list email and not reply to it since 1983.  Each message to the
> list provides more than enough information (List headers, etc) for an
> automated process to notice that this is a mailing list, and not reply to
> it.

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