Re: [SI-LIST] : Stopping Out of Office Auto Replys?

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From: Kirk Giboney (giboney@saiph.hpl.hp.com)
Date: Fri Oct 29 1999 - 12:56:12 PDT


It is much better to limit the outgoing email than try to filter
the incoming email.

The vacation program in most recent UNIX implementations, if
properly configured, will not reply to list servers and other non-
personal sources, and will limit replies to each unique personal
sender. Please note the excerpt from the man page on HP-UX, below.
A search on the header eliminates replies to list servers and other
non-personal sources. Replies to each unique sender are limited to
once per week.

Kirk
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   Kirk S. Giboney
   Hewlett-Packard Laboratories (Agilent Laboratories)
   kirk_giboney@hp.com
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$ man vacation

vacation(1) vacation(1)

NAME
vacation - return ``I am not here'' indication

SYNOPSIS
vacation -i

vacation [ [-a alias] ...] login

DESCRIPTION
The vacation program returns a message to the sender of a message
telling them that you are currently not reading your mail. The
intended use is in a .forward file in $HOME. For example, your
.forward file might contain:

\eric, "|/usr/bin/vacation -a allman eric"

which would send messages to you (assuming your login name was eric)
and reply to any messages for eric or allman...

No message is sent unless login or an alias supplied using the -a
option is a substring of either the To: or Cc: headers of the mail.
No messages from ???-REQUEST, Postmaster, UUCP, MAILER, or MAILER-
DAEMON are replied to, nor is a notification sent if a Precedence:
bulk or Precedence: junk line is included in the mail headers. Only
one message per week is sent to each unique sender (at each unique
host system). The people who have sent you messages are recorded in a
database in the files .vacation.pag and .vacation.dir in your home
directory...

Hewlett-Packard Company - 1 - HP-UX Release 11.00: October 1997

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