OT: Opinions wanted please

Steve Campbell campbell at cnpapers.com
Fri Dec 21 17:06:11 GMT 2012


Thanks so much.

As I understand your comments and the perl, I can use redirectstu to 
send the email to the new user (as I described in my original post by 
using the aliases file) by specifying the "forward" address as a 
replacement for "new_address" and -f flag option. I'll try and convince 
them to use the "staff" version.

I never like doing the OOO/vacation thing because it just advertises 
email addresses to spammers. I'm not sure what YOUR reasons are for 
getting bit, but the above is my reason.

In the end, I think people who don't make the effort to notify people on 
their own are just lazy.

I think I can get the 3 perl modules with yum, although the Getopt 
version on Centos repos are the "-strict" version.

Again, thanks for the response and files.


On 12/21/2012 10:52 AM, Jeff Earickson wrote:
> Steve,
> Since you use sendmail, have I got just the perl scripts for you.  See attached.
> If you want to see how this script performs in the real world, send
> email to "tjchrist at colby.edu",
> a person who has left and has a redirect set via redirectstaff.pl.
> For redirect+forwarding, see the redirectstu.pl script.  However, you
> **really** don't want to do this.
> Set a redirect and that is it.  Forwarding will bite you (or him) at some point.
> -----------------------------------
> Jeff A. Earickson, Ph.D
> Senior Server System Administrator
> Colby College,
> 4214 Mayflower Hill,
> Waterville ME, 04901-8842
> 207-859-4214 (fax 207-859-4186)
> Eastern Time Zone, USA
> -----------------------------------
> On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM, Steve Campbell <campbell at cnpapers.com> wrote:
>> I've been asked to do  a dual task for one of our users. The user is
>> retiring and wants all of his email forwarded to another user. He also
>> wants a message returned to the sender indicating that he is retiring
>> and that from here on, all email should be addressed to the user his
>> email is being forwarded to.
>> I use sendmail, so the forwarding would normally be done in the alias
>> file. I don't like to do out-of-office requests, but this seems like a
>> way to handle the message he wants returned to the sender. I'm not sure
>> both would work at the same time anyway.
>> I use  the user's .procmailrc to handle the OOO stuff.
>> Can anyone suggest a better way to do this or an opinion on how I'm
>> thinking of doing this please?
>> I'd rather the retiring user to have handled the sender's notices before
>> leaving but that's not going to happen.
>> Thanks for any input.
>> steve campbell
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