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mail delivery agent with filtering abilities

maildrop is a mail delivery agent (MDA), a program which reads a mail message from standard input and then delivers the message to your mailbox.

maildrop can deliver mail both in mbox and maildir storing formats. It can read instructions from a file, directing it how to log deliveries, and how to filter incoming mail, for example to deliver mail to alternate mailboxes, or forward it somewhere else, or pipe it through external programs.

It performs all the same functions as procmail, but unlike procmail, maildrop uses a structured filtering language which is a bit easier on the eyes. Other differences from procmail include not skipping syntax errors in filter files (instead deferring the mails for later processing) and being more resource-efficient when processing mails (not loading large messages right into memory).

maildrop also comes with the following additional programs:

* reformail, an e-mail reformatting tool, which can detect duplicate messages, manipulate message headers, split mailboxes into individual messages, and generate autoreply messages * maildirmake, which creates maildirs, and maildir folders * deliverquota, which delivers mail to maildirs while taking account software-imposed quotas * reformime, a utility for reformatting MIME messages * makemime, which creates MIME-formatted messages of arbitrary complexity * lockmail, which creates dot-locks, file locks, and C-Client folder locks * mailbot, a MIME-aware autoresponder utility

Package version:2.2.0-3.1


maildrop for Debian

Using maildrop per-user

You should be able to run maildrop without making it your default system
MDA: just put "|/usr/bin/maildrop" in your ~/.forward file (including the

Using maildrop system-wide

Here's a short recipe on how to set it as a MDA in Exim's exim.conf:

Add this to the transports s


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Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 16:00:00 +1:00 (CET)
Tonni Earnshaw <>
addition for README.postfix in maildrop package

LDAP and maildrop.

maildrop's LDAP support, combined with Courier IMAP's authldap.schema, give 3
new objectclasses over and above standard object classes, that enable LDAP-
based quotas, virtual aliases and virtual mailboxes, as well as regular
$HOME/Maildir base


maildrop (2.0.2-11) unstable; urgency=medium

  * The new maildrop 2.x package uses the PCRE (the Pe


LOCKMAIL(1)            Double Precision, Inc.            LOCKMAIL(1)

       lockmail - creat


MAILBOT(1)             Double Precision, Inc.             MAILBOT(1)

       mailbot - A MIME


MAILDIRMAKE(1)         Double Precision, Inc.         MAILDIRMAKE(1)

       maildirmake - cr


MAILDROP(1)            Double Precision, Inc.            MAILDROP(1)

       maildrop - mail 

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