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Mail Filtering Tips

Using Exim To Filter Mailing Lists into Folders

The following extract files messages from all the mailing lists I am on (and thats a lot) each into their own folder. I use Maildir format mailboxes, and the lists are all subfolders under the list folder under INBOX. The list names are sanitized (to prevent someone trying to write stuff into ../../something or similar - if they do not match a basic string then stuff is filed into .list.unknown (pretty much nothing hits that at present).

# split out the various list forms
# Mailman & other lists using list-id
if "${if def:header_list-id:{true}}" is true then
        if $header_list-id: matches "<([a-z0-9-]+)[.@]" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
            if $header_list-id: matches "^\\s*<?([a-z0-9-]+)[.@]" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
            else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
            endif
        endif
        finish
# Listar and mailman like
elif "${if def:header_x-list-id:{true}}" is true then
        if $header_x-list-id: matches "<([a-z0-9-]+)\\\\." then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        endif
        finish
# Ezmlm
elif "${if def:header_mailing-list:{true}}" is true then
        if $header_mailing-list: matches "([a-z0-9-]+)@" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        endif
        finish
# York lists service
elif "${if def:header_x-mailing-list:{true}}" is true then
        if $header_x-mailing-list: matches "^\\s*([a-z0-9-]+)@?" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        endif
        finish
# Smartlist
elif "${if def:header_x-loop:{true}}" is true then
        # I don't have any of these to compare against now
        save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        finish
# poorly identified
elif $sender_address contains "owner-" then
        if $sender_address matches "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)-outgoing@" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        elif $sender_address matches "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)@" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        elif $header_sender: matches "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)@" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        endif
        finish
# other poorly identified
elif $sender_address contains "-request" then
        if $sender_address matches "([a-z0-9-]+)-request@" then
                save Maildir/.list.${lc:$1}/
        else
                save Maildir/.list.unknown/
        endif
        finish
endif

Here is the same script translated to Sieve:

require [ "regex", "variables", "fileinto", "envelope" ];

# split out the various list forms
# Mailman & other lists using list-id
if exists "list-id" {
        if header :regex "list-id" "<([a-z0-9-]+)[.@]" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
            if header :regex "list-id" "^\\s*<?([a-z0-9-]+)[.@]" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
            } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
            }
        }
        stop;}
# Listar and mailman like
elsif exists "x-list-id" {
        if header :regex "x-list-id" "<([a-z0-9-]+)\\\\." {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
        }
        stop;}
# Ezmlm
elsif exists "mailing-list" {
        if header :regex "mailing-list" "([a-z0-9-]+)@" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
        }
        stop;}
# York lists service
elsif exists "x-mailing-list" {
        if header :regex "x-mailing-list" "^\\s*([a-z0-9-]+)@?" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
        }
        stop;}
# Smartlist
elsif exists "x-loop" {
        # I don't have any of these to compare against now
        fileinto "list.unknown";
        stop;}
# poorly identified
elsif envelope :contains "from" "owner-" {
        if envelope :regex "from" "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)-outgoing@" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } elsif envelope :regex "from" "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)@" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } elsif header :regex "Sender" "owner-([a-z0-9-]+)@" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
        }
        stop;}
# other poorly identified
elsif  envelope :contains "from" "-request" {
        if envelope :regex "from" "([a-z0-9-]+)-request@" {
                set :lower "listname" "${1}";
                fileinto "list.${listname}";
        } else {
                fileinto "list.unknown";
        }
        stop;}

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