>Forgive me if this is off-topic, but I am looking for information on how a
>sysadmin can deal with cancelled users that were on various mailing lists.
>Here is something that comes up all the time:
> An employee leaves the company, his account is cancelled, and then
> the postmaster of the local system starts getting notification of
> bounce messages.
I've had some of our ISP customers ask this same question, and my
thought is to create a dead-user alias for deleted accounts, and
process that alias with a deliver script (or procmail if that suits
you better). This script would look at the headers and send a message
back to the list manager saying that this account is no longer on the
systems in such a manner that the list manager will be sure that it's
really a bad account and not just another mailer glitch where
somebody's screwed up their alias file. Once this message goes out, I
would add the list-manager/email-address into a database so that only
one messages goes out. The script would then just drop the mail into
/dev/null for this and any subsequent messages.
So far, I haven't had time to do this, (or to ask this list if
somebody's already done something similar :-).
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