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Re: procmail limitations (was: Re: Accepted kde-icons-crystalclear 0.0.20050623.dfsg.1-1 (source all))


On Fri, Sep 29, 2006 at 10:43:45AM +0200, Bastian Venthur wrote:
> Frans Pop wrote:
> > Please do _not_ use a mail@ or root@ or daemon@ address to send mail to 
> > debian addresses. They will be filtered out as such addresses are 
> > considered to be reserved for administrative and system accounts.
> > 
> > I've attached 2 mails that were filtered out because of this today.
> Isn't this rather a limitation of the software used or a
> misconfiguration? I'm not very experienced with the problem but reading
> the manpage, I think the filter is a bit too simple. Why filter eg every
> mail@* mail instead of only *relevant* mails like mail@*.debian.org?

We regard it as a configuration ;-). There are too many servers out
there sending bounces without an empty return path. Using the
FROM_DAEMON check means that we only let through a few bounces, rather
than a whole lot of them.

> > 
> > See also man procmailrc(5), under MISCELLANEOUS.
> Done. But please be aware that this problem also applies to our users
> using the BTS. Every time they use one of the problematic mails, they
> get an error message -- I think you cannot expect our users to
> subordinate to those limitations, could you?
> I'll change the mail address for debian purposes as soon as possible,
> but please consider that most users will not, so the problem should be
> fixed on the server-side.

The last time I looked into this (although I do admit it was a while
ago), there were still a large number of boune messages that looked
liked this. I can't forsee this having changed.

(with his non-razor-bladed listmaster hat on)

Pascal Hakim                                          0403 411 672
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