How to Filter your Scouts-L Mail (Unix Systems)
David Weintraub (dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM)
Mon, 13 Jun 1994 13:17:55 -0500
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HOW TO FILTER YOUR SCOUTS-L MAIL
The problem with the SCOUTS-L mailing list is that it comes in drips and
dabs. When you are receiving this at work on a Unix System, you get
constant reminders that you have mail. Unfortunately, it is hard to tell
whether it is something work related or from SCOUTS-L.
The following is a way to solve this problem by having all SCOUTS-L mail
automatically forwarded into a file that can be viewed later. In order to
use this method you must:
1). Have a Unix System
2). You can use a $HOME/.forward file to forward your mail messages (ask
your System Administrator if this is true).
3). You have a USENET version of the Elm Mailing Program on your system.
(You don't have to use Elm, what you're going to use is Elm's "filter"
WHAT TO DO
1). See if you have the correct version of Elm, type the following command
at the Unix prompt:
If the command responds about the copyright being held by the USENET
community and not Hewlett/Packard, you have the right version of Elm.
2). Create a directory called $HOME/.elm
3). Create a file called $HOME/.elm/filter-rules. In this file, put the
if (sender SCOUTS-L) then save "$HOME/scouts-l.tmp"
The $HOME/scouts-l.tmp is the file where you are going to store your
SCOUTS-L mail temporarily. You can use any file you want.
4). Run the following command:
It should output the following:
Rule 1: if (sender = "scouts-l") then
5). Create a file called $HOME/.forward and put in the following line:
|filter <-Note: The first character is a vertical bar
and not a lowercase "l" or a number "1"
HOW TO VIEW THIS SCOUTS-L MAIL FILE
Frankly, I don't know exactly how _you_ would do it, but I can give you
If you use the Berkeley Mail Program, type the following:
mail -f $HOME/scouts-l.tmp
mailx -f $HOME/scouts-l.tmp
If you use the Elm Mailer, type the following:
elm -f $HOME/scouts-l.tmp
If you use the Pine Mailer, type the following:
pine -f $HOME/scouts-l.tmp
If you use the MessageHandler System (MH), then type the following command:
inc -file $HOME/scouts-l.tmp
FILTERING VS. DIGEST FORM
I see two main advantages with this system vs. getting a Digest.
1). If you have a real small system mailbox, the Digest could overflow
your mailbox and cause you to loose mail. This system takes the
SCOUTS-L mail out of your mailbox and puts it into your SCOUTS-L
2). You can scan through the SCOUTS-L mail as you would normally do
if it was still in your System Mailbox. You can quickly scan
the Subject and only read the mail that interests you. You can then
save the mail that really interests you into another folder.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please mail to me directly
and not to the SCOUTS-L mailing list. Also, I can't help you if you don't
use a Unix System, so please no questions on how to do it on a system that
David Weintraub | Opinions expressed are mine and not Telerate's
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