[MlMt] mailmate Digest, Vol 62, Issue 19

Steven M. Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Mon May 16 21:53:58 EDT 2016

On 16 May 2016, at 21:40, Zak McClellan wrote:

>> Message: 6
>> Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 09:30:58 -0400
>> From: "Steven M. Bellovin" <smb at cs.columbia.edu>
>> To: "MailMate Users" <mailmate at lists.freron.com>
>> Subject: Re: [MlMt] installing on 2nd computer
>> Message-ID: <AA9D5E1B-E47E-4DBE-B163-EE40407BD7B7 at cs.columbia.edu>
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>> Let me add one caveat:
>>> The two installations should not butt up against each other or have
>>> conflicts. You can install any number of different IMAP clients on 
>>> any
>>> number of computers with no problem, since the canonical home for 
>>> your
>>> email is in the cloud. That's how IMAP works and why it was 
>>> developed.
>> I've found that it's a bad idea to have multiple machines running
>> simultaneously with rules that sort and categorize incoming messages.
>> What I do is have all of the rules on one machine; ditto SpamSieve.  
>> For
>> me, what works best is SpamSieve on my always-on desktop, but sorting
>> rules on my laptop.  Why the split?  Spam I never want to see, so I
>> always want to get rid of it quickly.  But important mail I want to 
>> see
>> immediately on my phone, so when I'm not using my laptop I'll be 
>> alerted
>> to inbound mail.  (I also use server-side rules for less-important
>> mailboxes that I'd never want to look at on the phone, but that's a
>> separate story.)
> Ok I'll bite.  Time for a separate story.
> What do you use for your server side rules, Fastmail, home server, 
> Gmail?
> I use Hover for mail.  There are limited server side options for rules 
> and forwarding.  I have aspired to limiting "important" email to my 
> phone (iOS) for a long time.  Since iOS does not allow for separate 
> tones for email senders (just a VIP list), I use a Gmail forwarding 
> and AltaMail notifications.

I run two mail servers of my own (long story).  One one (which runs 
NetBSD and Dovecot), I use procmail; on the other (MacOS Server with the 
built-in Dovecot), I use Sieve.  Neither is entirely satisfactory; both 
can be persuaded to do what I want.

         --Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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