Re: [Fwd: Autoreponder problems!]

From: Joachim Feise (
Date: Tue Apr 17 2001 - 16:27:05 PDT

Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
> Note that is not a mailing list, it's just a sendmail
> alias, and none of the standard headers are present that would
> identify mail from FoRK as being from a mailing list.
> So autoresponders can't do the right thing even if they want to.

> To:
> Subject: Re: [Fwd: Autoreponder problems!]

Well, the MH autoresponder that the support people here have set up
does the right thing, i.e., not send out an autoresponse when
the to: header doesn't match the user.
     Rcvtrip reads incoming mail, checking for three things:

          1) address(es) in "Reply-To:" or in "From:" and

          2) the presence of the user's name in the "To:" or
               "cc:" fields, and

          3) the contents of the "Subject:" field.

     Any originator of mail who has not previously been notified
     receives a reply, as long as the recipient is explicitly
     mentioned in an address field ("To:" or "cc:") or is a
     first-order alias of one of the "To:"/"cc:" addresses.

The manpage is from 1984. Why can't other people implement a
functionality that the authors of MH were able to do 17 years ago?


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