submit remote mail received via UUCP
rmail user ...
rmail interprets incoming mail received via
passing the processed mail onto
for processing by the MMDF mail system.
rmail is explicitly designed for use with UUCP
and the MMDF submit program.
It is not intended for use by regular users.
performs several conversions on the incoming mail before calling
The conversions change addresses from the UUCP routing
style (lists of hosts separated by the character ``!'')
to the domain style of address used within the MMDF mail system.
The incoming message is dealt with in the following manner:
The initial ``From'' (or ``>From'')
line is processed to discover the originating site
and the sender of the message.
Some UUCP mailers do not supply this information as part of the
If the originating site cannot be found from this information, the
program environment is inspected for the variable ACCTSYS; this is
set to the originating system by some implementations of UUCP.
The originating system is used as a table lookup value into the MMDF
table rmail.chans, the file contains site/channel pairs.
If a match
is found, the resulting channel is used for the submit phase.
The default UUCP channel is used if no match is found.
The default channel name is specified in the conf.c source and
can be run-time tailored. Typically, it is UUCP.
The existence of this channel is mandatory to prevent dropping
mail from unknown hosts.
The body of the message is inspected looking for any header lines
containing addresses; the lines are ``From:'', ``To:'', ``Cc:'', ``Bcc:''
By scanning the address chains, the
addresses in these lines are converted into ``firstname.lastname@example.org'' form
using the MMDF tables to evaluate whether the mailer knows the site.
For this to work properly, the unqualified name of all sites should exist
in the appropriate domain tables.
The scanning stops when an unknown site is discovered; a composite
address will then be created.
The ``From:'' line is treated specially to preserve any comment information
that may have been inserted by the originating mailer.
The ``Date:'' line is re-written into ARPA standard form.
Before submit is called,
the message is re-written into RFC 822/733 form with all addresses
obeying the appropriate convention.
Any missing header lines are supplied.
The destination address for the message is taken from the argument to
so the header re-writing that is done does not affect the routing
of the message.
rmail is conformant with
AT&T SVID Issue 2.
© 2003 Caldera International, Inc. All rights reserved.
SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003