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learn procmail and quit whining already (was Re: Debian lists and Cc'ing people in replies in addition to the list)

* On Sat, Aug 18, 2001 at 04:29:59PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 18, 2001 at 10:45:53PM +0300, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > Would everyone who responds to me on this issue kindly not fucking
> > send me duplicate copies. Thank you.
> But, Lars, you see, what they have to say is *so* incredibly important
> that you should receive extra copies so that the signficiance is not
> lost on you.
> Why go to the trouble of making contributions to mailing lists that are
> well-thought-out, cite new and interesting facts, share insights, make
> one laugh, propose novel solutions to long-vexing problems, or otherwise
> possess merit when you can get people's attention by overflowing their
> mail folders instead?
> You should be ashamed of yourself for standing in advocacy of measures
> that tell people they shouldn't drown the world with their drivel.
> After all, if everyone else in the world hasn't evolved a sufficiently
> complex set of procmail filters, that's *their* problem, isn't it?

Want more cheese with that whine?

Participating efficiently in several mailing lists and not
using|learning|understanding procmail is insane. I for one never ever
receive as duplicate any mail CC'ed to me from a mailing list.

How? Quite simple:

if (mail is from list1|list2|list3|etc.) {

	weed out duplicates; # keep cache from two week's worth
	if (mail is To: me OR Cc: me OR contains my name in its body
		OR has my hostname in References:) {
		drop in my inbox

	drop in <listname> folder;


Real complicated huh?

Actual procmail recipe available on request.

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