sieve vacation: write to the .lda-dupes database without generating a vacation response.

Robert Schetterer rs at
Tue Apr 19 19:10:54 UTC 2016

Am 19.04.2016 um 20:55 schrieb Tom Hendrikx:
> On 19-04-16 20:01, Bradley M. Kuhn wrote:
>> I'm using Dovecot's sieve extensions quite happily, they are very good!
>> Thanks for all who worked on them.  I have a question that maybe is
>> appropriate for a sieve-specific discussion list, so if there is one I
>> should post to instead, please let me know:
>> I've poked through the sieve vacation RFC and all the documentation I
>> can find and I cannot figure out how to do this.  It's more-or-less not
>> the intent of sieve's vacation, so perhaps it's more of a "you can't get
>> there from here" situation, but maybe folks here have an idea:
>> I am (ab)?using sieve vacation to send an automated response at all
>> times to all senders who put me in the To line, every 90 days, which
>> explains my lack of responsiveness and to explain who else might be
>> better contact. (I have hundreds of emails sent to me to which I will
>> never have time to respond, and probably should have been routed to
>> someone else at my organization anyway.)
>> However, I *don't* want my regular correspondents to receive this
>> autoreply.  I'd thus like to seed the database with known individuals
>> I'm corresponding with to pretend they've already received the
>> autoresponder.
> You shouldn't try to force feed the dupes files, that's a hack: the
> dupes files has no public api so you probably shouldnt be messing with
> it directly.
> A proper solution would be to include a list of excluded addresses in
> the sieve script, and exempt those from the autoresponder, maybe
> something like this:
> require "envelope";
> require "variables";
> set :lower "whitelist" "first at example,com second at";
> if envelope :matches "from" "*" {
>   set :lower "sender" "${0}";
>   if string :matches "${sender}" "${whitelist}" {
>     # do nothing, sender is on whitelist
>   } else{
>     # do regular autoresponder stuff
>   }
> }
> The whitelist variable could be auto generated and updated from your
> address book or archive box parser.
> I have no idea if this actually scales. You could also implement the
> whitelist variable using extdata
> (, or
> outsource the complete whitelist check to an external program (a trivial
> script in a real programming language) using extprograms's "execute"
> (
> Good luck!
> Kind regards,
> 	Tom

at sometime in the future

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Best Regards
MfG Robert Schetterer

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