Is there a way to override Sieve's "not sending notification for auto-submitted message" behavior?

Gedalya gedalya at
Thu May 5 15:42:10 UTC 2016

On 05/05/2016 01:00 AM, deoren wrote:
> Goal:
> 1) Setup a Google Calendar entry for a biweekly task
> 2) Configure the email notification schedule
> 3) When the email notification from Google arrives have Sieve send a
> notification to an alias I have setup for my cell provider's email to
> text messaging gateway
> 4) Receive text message
> I know there are other products which likely handle this better, but I'm
> specifically attempting to replicate old behavior by getting text
> message reminders when a specific Google Calendar event occurs.
> The problem I'm having is that Sieve is attempting to help by NOT
> sending a notification for emails that it finds are automatically
> generated. I didn't found a lot of information when I searched for
> additional details, but I didn't find an earlier message thread on this
> list that led me to believe that the default behavior is likely chosen
> as some sort of safety net to prevent common issues from occurring.
> What I would like to do is override this behavior at some level (per
> rule, per user, system-wide, whatever) to allow for Sieve notifications
> when emails matching a specific pattern are detected regardless of
> whether they are auto-generated or not.
> I already found mention in the documentation[1] that the editheader
> extension refuses to remove the Auto-Submitted header, so setting up a
> per user or global rule to do just that wouldn't help. I also haven't
> come upon a way to simply modify the value for the Auto-Submitted
> header, so that doesn't look to work in this situation either.
> Does anyone know of a way to accomplish this? Thanks in advance for your
> help!
> [1]

If you can't do it with dovecot / pigeonhole then consider doing something in the MTA like removing the Auto-Submitted header before delivery, or of course you can just send your notification out of there.
Which MTA are you using?

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