Isaac Bennetch on 30 Sep 2010 06:59:03 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Automating actions from email

  • From: Isaac Bennetch <>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Automating actions from email
  • Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:59:07 -0400
  • Cc: Amul Shah <>
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On 9/30/2010 9:49 AM, Amul Shah wrote:
At work I get daily emails which I need to act on.  Is there a
mechanism in any email client (I use alpine and thunderbird) that can
recognize the email and invoke a shell script or another program?

Procmail does this well. It can be intimidating to set up, but isn't that bad and I got some good help in #plug (my .procmailrc says so in a comment!). This is a very powerful solution and works great for me.

At the risk of incurring wrath (though you did say "in any email client"), Apple's Mail makes this really easy.

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