[TUHS] Who is running their own mail server and what do you run?

Bakul Shah bakul at bitblocks.com
Thu Sep 21 05:59:17 AEST 2017

> On Sep 20, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Jon Steinhart <jon at fourwinds.com> wrote:
> I run my own server using sendmail.  Part of what makes it work is an accretion
> of crud that I have hooked to it over the years which I wouldn't particularly
> suggest to anyone else.
> So yes, spam is a big problem.  I manage it in a crude but effective way.  I
> have a milter (mail filter) that I cobbled together that is invoked by sendmail.
> I also have a separate "spam" user.  What the milter does is to take anything
> that it considers to be spam and rewrites the address so that it goes to the
> spam user.  I have permissions set up so that I can easily check on spam when I
> have time.  Oh yeah, another of my curmudgeon credentials is that I use nmh for
> my MUA (I'm a maintainer).

I use postfix + postgrey. But greylisting doesn't seem to work
any more. I detect spam using various scripts. As you put it,
"accretion of crud"!  I block spammer IP addrs via pf.
Probably not the right thing to do.  Should look into various
anti-spamming mail filters again. It is trivial to manually
detect spam so probably should experiment with NN code for

I too use nmh (and MH before then). But since my last upgrade
repl, comp, forw seem to bring up a blank X-MH-Attachment in
vi.  Used to bring ~/Mail/drafts/<number> file, initialized
with interpreted contents of "components" or "replcomps" file.
Haven't gotten around to  looking into this. [This is a
problem with many "maintained" software packages.  Things
evolve and if you update only sporadically, you just may miss
a crucial update or two!]

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