No one likes unsolicited electronic mail. Even though you can easily delete messages describing ways to MAKE MONEY FAST, they take a toll on network bandwidth and reduce your productivity. The key to gaining the upper hand in the battle against spam is to understand the tools at your disposal. In Removing the Spam, Geoff Mulligan names those tools and then describes how to use several of them.
Mulligan begins explaining the operation and management of two widely distributed Unix e-mail tools: Sendmail and Procmail. In his section on Sendmail, the author answers the question asked by everyone who's ever been harassed on e-mail: How do I automatically trash mail from X? He shows you how to block mail based on mail attributes like sender, subject line, message size and several other parameters.
Coverage of Procmail in Removing the Spam includes the essentials of recipe files, but more ready-to-use mail-management recipes would be welcome. In addition to covering Sendmail and Procmail, the author addresses mailing lists under Majordomo and SmartList. He also provides a handy guide to the user and administrator commands that control these popular programs--just the thing you need the next time you're on a list and want to unsubscribe.
If you're generally unfamiliar with Unix and use a Unix-based Internet Service Provider (ISP), you will find this book to be an adequate orientation to how Unix machines manage e-mail. If you're more familiar with Unix mail programs, you'll find this book to be too elementary and lacking in details. It's a matter of your perspective. --David Wall
Written for network and system administrators, this concise, practical guide offers step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring an effective email system for your organization. The specific book focus is on the growing problem of spam--unwanted electronic junk mail. This book shows how to utilize mail-filtering tools and techniques to keep your system and users as spam-free as possible. Centered around real-world problems and issues, Removing the Spam will save you hours of frustration as you get your email system up and running. You will find in-depth coverage of major email systems and subsystems--sendmail, Procmail, Majordomo, and SmartList--and essential information about the following: *How to stop spam at the mail server and user levels *The most simple and effective way of generating the sendmail configuration file *Maintaining your sendmail configuration *Building and managing simple sendmail aliases and filters *Virtual domains *Filtering and sorting mail with Procmail *Procmail recipe files *Creating and administrating automated and manual mailing lists with Majordomo and SmartList *How to spot and combat mailing list abuse by spammers and list terrorists The book's numerous practical examples (compatible with Solaris and FreeBSD) include controlling the procmailrc file, sorting mail, working with auto-responders, and many others. With this book you will be well equipped to install and run an efficient email system that won't be overrun by spam. 0201379570B04062001