From: Grant Taylor
Date: 2006-07-09 18:35:48 -0400
Subject: Re: Merits of milters
More information..: http://www.milter.info/#Support
G1OGY (Dave) wrote:
> milter-null was added to the mix recently to reject bounces generated by my fortune
to have had my domain selected as the
> Return-Address for one or two (hundred!) spam campaigns (they are legion! including
<firstname.lastname@example.org> and his brother
> <email@example.com>!!) My concern was that all the double-double bounces
might get ~me~ noticed.
By default Sendmail will never bounce a bounce, a.k.a. a double bounce. Rather Sendmail
will file it in the dead mail file. I also believe that if Sendmail can not file dead
mail it will leave the message in the mail queue as a Q<queue id> file. You can
configure Sendmail to forward double bounces on to a specific address if you want to. In
fact I have done such to make sure that dead mail does not hang around in my mail queues.
I just have the dead mail routed to /dev/null.
> Back at this keyboard after a week or two it is evident that milter-null has been
most effective. What I noted though, from the
> maillogs, is that milter ordering is important!
Milter ordering is indeed VERY important.
> But then, watching the maillogs on Saturday night (more interesting than the TV!), I
realised that while I would not have to deal
> with all that rubbish in my day-to-day MUA, I ~would~ have to deal with it
What is "it" that you will have to eventually deal with? Where will you have to
deal with it?
> Obviously, sendmail is not capable of scrutinising mail bodies too closely thus the
new plan is, in order:
What are you wanting / hoping that Sendmail will / would do / scrutinize? Sendmail by
default wants to move mail. As such, Sendmail will tend to move any mail that it can.
Sendmail tends to be more like an ISP, a bit mover, or in this case a mail mover.
Sendmail does not care what the mail is, or where it came from.
> Comments invited (bouquets or brickbats equally acceptable !)
MS Exchange stinks!
Grant. . . .
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