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I've just inherited an Undocumented Linux File and Mail Server. In the past week, I audited and discovered several things that had been neglected for a while (logins still active but for long gone employees, etc). I fixed and documented these....

I also discovered that people have gotten used to having 'IT' turn on and off vacation auto reply for email accounts (via .procmailrc ). I do not consider controlling one's vacation auto reply to be an administrative tasks and I seek to quickly put this under user control.

Can someone help me grasp onto an approach to automate this feature? (Difficulty: I'm not very familiar with procmail)

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do they have user accounts in the mail server? – chmeee Jul 14 '09 at 20:36
Yes, they do. At this time, All email users have local logins. – CMB Jul 14 '09 at 21:19
Which mail server are you using? – chmeee Jul 14 '09 at 21:26
From the looks of it, it is sendmail – CMB Jul 14 '09 at 23:17
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Have a look at usermin. It is web-based, intended for end-users and can be used to edit .procmailrc files and set up mail forwarding and auto-replies (and much more).

BTW, if you just want vacation auto-replies, I think you could also use the vacation program.

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Well, there's a GUI procmail rule builder:

Haven't used it, but looks promising...

You might also consider installing a webmail package, such as SquirrelMail. It has plugins for autoreplies.

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