Monday Aug 18, 2008

To prevent auto-reply e-mails

To keep some of the Sun's internal processes rolling my crontab(4) has accumulated a number of scripts that are run daily. These scripts send out emails of anything from a "gentle reminder" to gory details of process steps to follow.

In return for that service, a dozen or so vacation auto reply messages would get bounced at me automatically everyday when ever these scripts run. Looking at my mails I know who is on vacation or who is traveling.

So far I had a server-side filter that would filter out such responses. However is there way to stop these vacation auto-replies at the source?

It seems there is a way to tell the auto responders to ignore sending a reply to a mail, if the mail contains the header:

Auto-Submitted: auto-generated

Headers indicating an email to list can also suppress the autoreplies:

Precedence: list

After I added these to my scripts, I haven't seen any reply so far...
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