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Each time an e-mail message is received for your account, Procmail is automatically invoked, and it looks for a .procmailrc file in your home directory. This file contains configuration recipes which tell Procmail what to do. There are often other, related files (such as .procmailrc.spam) that can also become part of the configuration via INCLUDE or SWITCHRC directives. Search for “SPAM” or “spam” in your .procmailrc file, if you are unsure of how your spam filtering is set up. Sample Procmail configuration files can be found in the /usr/project/support/dotfiles/ directory. (Since they start with a “.”, use ls -a in order to list them.) These are the same files that are copied into new accounts; many comments are included to explain what the recipes are doing and how you can modify them. If you do not have a .procmailrc file, or you need spam filtering added, you may copy these, or ask the CS Lab Staff for assistance.
Please see CS Default Spam Filtering for User Accounts for a discussion of the spam filtering with Procmail and the default configuration. A more general discussion of spam filtering options can be found at Spam Filtering in the CS Department.
An example of how to do this is included in the default CS setup files in /usr/project/support/dotfiles/. See the files: .procmailrc and .procmailrc.gmail. In the first one, search down for “GMAIL”. This special case includes code to prevent mail loops in the case that e-mail is forwarded in each direction (something you should probably avoid doing). Addresses other than Gmail addresses could be used here as well.
Assuming that spam filtering has aleardy taken place above in the .procmailrc file, simple forwarding is also an option. Scan down for “FINAL FORWARDING” for an explanation.
A common method of forwarding e-mail is through the use of a ~/.forward file. For the reasons mentioned above, the CS Lab Staff strongly discourage this method. Please use Procmail, and feel free to ask for assisstance.
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If you have any questions or need help, please contact the Lab Staff.