OT - Outbound mail server integrated with FTP

Alex Pimperton alex at erus.co.uk
Mon Aug 14 22:18:29 IST 2006

On 14/8/2006, "John Schmerold" <john at katy.com> wrote:

>I'm looking for a solution to the problem of large (often duplicated)
>email attachments. It seems to me that a simple solution to the problem
>is to have a specially configured outbound mail server that detaches
>attachments from any email greater than 50K, generates an ftp account
>and inerts a message at top of the email saying "go to
>ftp://un:pw@ftpserver.com for attachment referenced in this email.
>If the server was really smart, it would generate a CRC of each 

When I asked about a similar sort of thing a few months ago Julian
pointed me in the direction of his collegue. I quote:

"Sounds like you need the quarantine management system one of my
colleagues has written. Whenever it gets attachments that have been
removed by MailScanner, the Attachment-Warning.txt gets a link in it
which submits a request to the system to go and fetch the attachments
from the appropriate mail server (it's designed to work with multiple
MailScanners). We then require that a sysadmin looks at the request
and, if appropriate, releases the attachments to the recipients by
mailing them a link to a directory on the web server containing their

You could always bypass the bit requiring the sysadmin to look at it.

Saves a lot of mailstore space.

Drop him a line at apl <at> ecs.soton.ac.uk (Andy Landells)."

I havn't had time to follow this suggestion up yet but it sounds

The alternative seems to be something along the lines of mailwatch+ mail
size limits + quarantine, but this would only work for known local users.

Should you solve this, please post here as myself (and probably a few
others) would be interested to know how you got on.



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