Difference: MailFilters (2 vs. 3)

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Mail Filters on the Nevis mail server

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  • Configuration: In general, Sieve and/or Procmail provide a greater level of control than your mail reader. (Boast: Procmail certainly provides a greater level of control than Gmail or Columbia's LionMail.)
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  • Multiple devices: If you read your mail on different devices (e.g., your laptop, a desktop, your phone) then the mail-filter rules will apply to all your incoming mail. If you set up mail filters within Apple Mail on your laptop, that will have no effect on mail you receive via the Mail app on your iPhone.
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  • Multiple devices: If you read your mail on different devices (e.g., your laptop, a desktop, your phone) then the mail-filter rules will apply to all your incoming mail. If you set up mail filters within Thunderbird on your laptop, that will have no effect on mail you receive via the Mail app on your iPhone.

  • Mail routing: The mail readers typically found on laptops can't automatically send replies or forward emails.
 

What can you do with mail filters?

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  Every time a LArSoft developer makes a change to the LArSoft git repository, I get an email message from larsoftcommit@fnal.gov or uboonecommit@fnal.gov. Frequently I get dozens of such emails every day. I don't want to automatically delete them, since there may be something that impacts my work, but I don't want them cluttering my INBOX either.
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So I use a mail filter to test if the "From" address of each email I receive includes larsoftcommit@fnal.gov. If it does, the mail is immediately sent to my LArSoft commit folder instead of my INBOX. Periodically I review the contents of that folder to see if any code changes are relevant to me.
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So I use a mail filter to test if the "From" address of each email I receive includes larsoftcommit@fnal.gov or uboonecommit@fnal.gov. If it does, the mail is immediately sent to my LArSoft Commit folder instead of my INBOX. Periodically I review the contents of that folder to see if any code changes are relevant to me.
  You can see exactly how I implemented the above filters in the Sieve and Procmail pages.
 
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