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Old 05-17-2005, 09:27 PM   #1
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automated email list forwarding


I have been chosen as the one to forward emails to a list of people. Since, I'm not always home I'd like this to be automated. The best scenario for me is a program that could run on my webspace and do this. This way my pc wouldn't have to be on the web 24/7.

Is there such a program?

The other possibility, but not as good for me, would be a script from my pc that could auto-check and forward emails.

How would this script be written in bash?
 
Old 05-18-2005, 08:11 AM   #2
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A program that runs in webspace? Not possible. Well, not exactly. It is possible, but it will only run when invoked. It would not run automatically. You *could* set up a bulletin board such as phpBB in webspace if you have MySQL, but that opens up a security nightmare. You could also roll your own if you only have flat files or don't trust phpBB.

What you're looking for, I think, is Majordomo. http://www.greatcircle.com/majordomo/

You might also be able to accomplish your objective with a .forward and something like Yahoo!Groups, though speaking from a personal standpoint, I get really pissed when some jackass subscribes me to one of those groups, because they sell their e-mail lists to spammers. I get an average of 3,200 spams a week, and I don't need more. I would strongly suggest that before you go punching in e-mail addresses in Y!Groups or the like, you ask everybody whether they'd mind.
 
Old 05-18-2005, 06:44 PM   #3
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Majordomo looks good-I just downloaded it. Do you know if it works with Sylpheed? I use Sylpheed and not smail.
 
Old 05-18-2005, 07:05 PM   #4
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Dunno. Presumably, you can get it working with a little effort. I haven't used the software in almost a decade.
 
Old 05-22-2005, 03:22 PM   #5
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My web space is on the net and provided by my ISP. I take it that Majordomo is a list server and requires a pc with a web site on it using Apache-would you also have to buy a URL on the web for this??
 
Old 05-22-2005, 05:44 PM   #6
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Majordomo is basically a daemon. It monitors the mailboxes of a few accounts you need to set up, and processes mail lists and subscribe/unsubscribe commands on its own. It has nothing to do with Apache.

If that's impossible on your host, you may consider using a messageboard?
 
Old 05-22-2005, 06:08 PM   #7
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Not sure if it's possible on my pc (host?)-do I need to buy my own URL (www.linuxhippy.com) on the web for this to work?
 
Old 05-22-2005, 06:17 PM   #8
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No, that's not needed unless you want the list's mail to be something@linuxhippy.com
 
Old 05-22-2005, 06:30 PM   #9
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This sounds like want I want since I don't have my own URL. Do I need to use a CLI email program with it like Pine? I use Sylpheed and that's GUI-never did take the time to figure out Pine-I will if that's what Majordomo is set up to use.
 
Old 05-22-2005, 06:53 PM   #10
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AFAIK, it'll work fine with a mailbox that's being filled with fetchmail or getmail. IOW, if you set up a box on your ISP, like linuxhippy-list@myisp.com, and then get the mail with getmail, it should work fine.

If you have a static IP, I can set you up with a subdomain on killerbob.ca if you want. Doesn't cost me anything, but I try to limit the number I give away.
 
  


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