Sendmail & Procmail

Matt Emmerton matt at
Sat Jan 30 01:05:02 UTC 2010

> on 01-29-2010, David Kelly wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 02:59:34PM -0500, Clayton Scott Kern wrote:
>> > I just upgraded to FBSD 8.0 from 6.4 and I'm having a problem with
>> > sendmail passing email to procmail.  I only use this combination for
>> > email from root's cron jobs.  Right now emails to me from cron go to
>> > /var/mail/ckern1.
>> [...]
>> > I created the cf file using make cf, then make install and make
>> > restart.
>> OK, but did the procmail enhancements make it in the generated .cf file?
>> > What have I missed.  This is the same setup on 6.4 and it worked fine.
>> If making procmail available (or mandatory) for all users I can see
>> justification for what you are trying. But for just one user why not
>> keep it simple with a "|/usr/local/bin/procmail" in /etc/aliases?
> I aliased root to me and now it works.  Thank you for the tip.
> I set up sendmail this way years ago, before I discovered fetchmail,
> procmail, getmail & maildrop.
> I would like to get away from sendmail or any other MTA for that matter, 
> but
> never found solution for handling the emails generated by the system.

Check out DragonFlyBSD's dma(1).  It's designed just for this purpose.

Matt Emmerton 

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