Warning, carefully disguised plug for SmartList ahead :-).
Keith Moore <moore @
>How I handle bounced mail:
>2. "temporary" bounces of the form "mail delivery didn't succeed within
> X amount of time but we're still trying" get recognized by filters
> and deleted before I ever see them.
SmartList has this filter built-in.
>3. other bounces: from time to time I clean out my "bounces" folder
> as follows:
> a. if the mail bounced because of "user unknown", "host unknown",
> or some other reason that looks like the user is really gone, I:
> delete the user from the list, and send a message to the bounced
> address saying "you've been deleted because your mail bounced",
> including a copy of the bounced message. In a surprising number
This is exactly what SmartList does automatically for you.
> b. if the mail bounced because of "local configuration error",
> a forwarding loop, or something that looks like the user might
> still exist but their mail system is messed up, I send a warning
> message to that address and the user's postmaster and sometimes
> also to the DNS administrator for the recipient's domain or the
> technical contact person for that domain.
Alas, SmartList follows the same procedure here as for 3a.
Sincerely, srb @
Stephen R. van den Berg (AKA BuGless).
The eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not re-curse!