Regex Help For Procmail

Drew Tomlinson drew at
Fri Sep 3 21:12:51 UTC 2010

  Hi Glen,

Thank you for your reply.

On 9/3/2010 12:02 PM, Glen Barber wrote:
> Hi Drew,
> On 9/3/10 2:45 PM, Drew Tomlinson wrote:
>>   I use procmail for mail delivery and I'm trying to concoct the right
>> regex to match From: headers and deliver to a folder.  However mail is
>> sent from various addresses so I want to match all that end with
>> ">".  Here's an example of a header:
>> From: "Famous Smoke Shop"<Announce at>
>> Because I also occasionally order, I don't want to catch mail from
>> anything that has the word "Orders" and "Famous" in the From field.
>> Thus here is my procmail recipe:
>> # Deliver order info to inbox
>> :0
>> *^From:.[Ff]amous.*[Oo]rder.*>$
>> "${HOME}/Maildir/new/"
> Is this supposed to be "match Famous OR Order"?  This currently matches
> "Famous AND Order".

No, I want "Famous AND Order".

>> # Deliver other email to folder
>> :0
>> *^From:.*>$
>> "${HOME}/Maildir/.Shopping/Famous Smoke/Email/"
> Going by your examples, you want to catch "Famous OR Order" and place
> that in Maildir/new, and all other email from this address to go to
> Maildir/.Shopping/...
> Try this:
> # catch "famous" or "order"
> :0
> * ^From:.*([Ff]amous|[Oo]rder).*>$
> "$HOME/Maildir/new"
> # catch everything else from this sender
> :0
> * ^From:.*>$
> "$HOME/Maildir/.Shopping/Famous Smoke/Email/"
>> According to my procmail log, the From: header does not match.  I would
>> expect the example From: header above to match the second regex and be
>> delivered to the specified folder. Where is my error?
> If my assumption above is incorrect, could you paste a snippet from your
> procmail log and point out what should be matching so we can have a
> specific example?

This is the actual log entry from the example I used in this email:

 From Announce at  Fri Sep  3 10:11:08 2010
  Subject: Another Must-Attend Event at Famous!
   Folder: /home/<mydir>/Maildir/new/1283533874.95147_0.blacklamb.     8161
procmail: [95164] Fri Sep  3 10:13:05 2010
procmail: Assigning "NL=
procmail: Assigning "LOG=

procmail: No match on "^From:.[Ff]amous.*[Oo]rder.*>$"
procmail: No match on "^From:.*>$"
procmail: Assigning "VERBOSE=OFF"

I think my problem is that I was missing a "space" between "*" and 
"^From:".  Your example shows a space and a reply from Brent Bloxam 
suggests this is the problem as well.  I don't quite understand the 
difference between the two but have made the change and I'll see if it 
works.  I'm also going to hit Google and see if I can understand.

Thanks again for your help!



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