SPUG: Need a transparent email forwarding utility

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Tue Sep 16 08:09:32 PDT 2008

On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 07:52:31AM -0700, Colin Meyer wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 07:18:56AM -0700, Tim Maher wrote:
> > Can anybody recommend a module, script, or prefab application that
> > provides transparent Email forwarding? What I need is something that
> > will rewrite the headers so that mail sent to me at System A by
> > Person #42 can be forwarded to me at my (Linux) system B, and allow
> > me to hit "reply" to respond to Person #42 (instead of replying to
> > /me/ at System A), to hit "group reply" and reply to all the original
> > recipients, etc.

Hi Shroomy--I mean Colin, how's it going?
> You mean '... hit "reply" to respond *as* Person #42', right?

Nope! /To/ Person #42. 

> The forwarding depends on the mail system for System A. On most unixy
> systems, you can put a .forward file in the user's homedir with the
> address to forward email to. Yahoo and Gmail have a forwarding feature
> buried somewhere in their user preferences web form.

I've already got the forwarding from System A in place, but the mail
that arrives at my System B is identified as coming from me at System-A
(using Outlook Express!), so replies go back to me there--not to the
originator of the Email, Person #42.

> On my local system, to send email as if from another email address, I
> use settings in my mail client, mutt. The settings manipulate these
> header fields on outbound message - From:, Return-Path:, Reply-To:.
> -Colin.

I have no control over System A; my solution needs to be implemented
on System B.

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