Need advice for setting up mail server

Gerard Seibert carmel_ny at
Sun Aug 7 17:27:30 UTC 2016

On Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:07:26 -0700, Doug Hardie stated:

>> On 7 August 2016, at 09:49, Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>
>> wrote:
>> On Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:25:06 -0700
>> Doug Hardie <doug at> wrote:
>>> I found it best to use dovecot's MDA from postfix so that pigeon
>>> sieve could be used during delivery.  That gives you features like
>>> vacation and automatic delivery to inboxes other than INBOX.  I did
>>> the initial setup one step at a time.  Get it working then add the
>>> next feature.  
>> 	Hmm that's interesting I used procmail for that which
>> involves fiddling with procmailrc which is fine for me but less so
>> for others. Is it easy for users to set up the automatic delivery ?  
>I found the sieve language a bit confusing at first.  It took a few
>tries to get one to compile without errors.  One of the more
>interesting aspects is that the sieve is not compiled when you save
>it.  It is compiled when the next message is processed.  It will
>generate a log file if an error is found.  The error messages are
>actually helpful.  There is a way to manually force the compile, but I
>never can remember it.  I just send myself an email so I don't have to
>wait to find out if the change was proper.  Using the web interface
>might make it easier.  I have never bothered to install it to find
>out.  Currently I am the only one using that feature and vi is just
>fine for me.  If one of the others starts using it though I'll
>probably have to try that.

man sievec

sievec ./default.sieve

>I believe that freebsd 11 has two different sieve implementations
>available for the dovecot MDA.  I started this server on freebsd 9.3
>and it had only pigeonhole (I got the name wrong earlier).  I am in
>the midst of upgrading the machine to 11 so haven't investigated the
>other implementation.  I'll probably stick with pigeonhole as its



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