MS+Postfix, Selective HOLD

Hugo van der Kooij hvdkooij at
Sat Apr 12 22:20:08 IST 2008

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Glenn Steen wrote:

|> Nah, it likely is a regexp thing:-).
|>  Your pattern
|>  /.*/
|>  litteraly means "anything containing at least one character". So you
| Correction. It _should_ mean anything containing 0 or more characters,
| but seem to mean the above... Which will miss the empty string. Sigh.
|>  need match the empty recipient as well with a separate
|>  /^$/ HOLD
|>  pattern in there, or else the empty sender (==MAILER-DAEMON,
|>  postmaster or ...:-) will simply "fall through".
|>  Try it and tell us how you fare!

Tried that one. But it is not working. The recipient is in fact the
postmaster and it contains a sender as well.

For example:

Return-Path: <ssodnieg at Oqlaw.Com>
X-Original-To: postmaster at
Delivered-To: postmaster at
Received: from
( [])
	by (Postfix) with ESMTP id E98EB17E8010
	for <postmaster at>; Sat, 12 Apr 2008 20:49:25 +0200 (CEST)
User-Agent: Microsoft-Entourage/
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 14:49:23 -0400
Subject: Get more action today
From: bromee <ssodnieg at Oqlaw.Com>
To: "postmaster at" <postmaster at>
Message-ID: <BBF92F96.1%ssodnieg at Oqlaw.Com>
Thread-Topic: Get more action today
Thread-Index: AcicrGXHIUUszYsXR3ujRk1w1EMh9Q==
Mime-version: 1.0
Content-type: multipart/alternative;
~        boundary="B_4144125777_14746"

And the mail log:

Apr 12 20:49:25 balin postfix/smtpd[32542]: connect from[]
Apr 12 20:49:25 balin postfix/smtpd[32542]: E98EB17E8010:[]
Apr 12 20:49:26 balin postfix/cleanup[6768]: E98EB17E8010:
message-id=<BBF92F96.1%ssodnieg at Oqlaw.Com>
Apr 12 20:49:26 balin postfix/qmgr[17060]: E98EB17E8010:
from=<ssodnieg at Oqlaw.Com>, size=1414, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Apr 12 20:49:26 balin postfix/local[19795]: E98EB17E8010:
to=<hvdkooij at>, orig_to=<postmaster at>,
relay=local, delay=0.52, delays=0.51/0/0/0.01, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent
(delivered to command: /usr/bin/procmail -Y)
Apr 12 20:49:26 balin postfix/qmgr[17060]: E98EB17E8010: removed
Apr 12 20:49:26 balin postfix/smtpd[32542]: disconnect from[]

I was thinking wether or not it is an issue with the aliases. But I have
another alias to the same account which is not hampered by the issue.

Hmmmm. Having said that. The postmaster account is in effect a double
aliases. Postmaster -> root -> hvdkooij

But making it a direct alias did not matter at all. Other indirect
aliases do not suffer from this.


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	A: Yes.
	>Q: Are you sure?
	>>A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
	>>>Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?

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