use plussed addresses. eg:
school+paul at eircom.ieschool+john at eircom.ie
eircom should accept mail for all the above and put them in the
mailbox for "school at eircom.ie", then when they arrive on your box you
can put them in your aliases file to deliver to the relevant local
very useful things are plussed addresses. A certain david murphy on
this list uses plussed addresses for nearly everything, eg when he
subscribes to a list he uses a plussed address of the form:
david+the-name-of-the-list at acme.org
which makes sorting his mail dead easy. Eg: if the list moves to
another box, or the list software is changed his filtering rules will
still work. (unlike most of the rest of us using ^Sender: or
The best use of all of plussed addresses is for when you have to fill
in a registration form on the web (or otherwise post your address on
the net). Always use a plussed address, eg: john+nytimes at acme.org.
If you get spam with that +, then you know where they got your
however all that said: (as someone already pointed out), are you sure
you'd not be better off with an MX? ie just get the ISP to queue all
mail for @yourschool.ie to you, and you have complete control of
user at .
On Sat, 16 Sep 2000, Uno wrote:
> Greetings all,
>> I want to set up a school with a mail account for each student and
> member of staff.
> I'm planning on using a Linux box to act as a mail gateway and using a
> system so the students can read their E-mail from any PC in the school.
>> I'd like to use only one public E-mail address for the school, something
> <school at eircom.net> I then want to be able to filter incomming E-mails
> "To" addresses
> into seperate internal Mail boxes (multidrop?)
>> For example:
>> To: "Paul" <school at eircom.net>
> To: "John" <school at eircom.net>
> To: "Brian" <school at eircom.net>
>> All these E-mails are addressed to the same E-mail addresses, but the
> personal name
> should allow me to drop these into seperate mail boxes Internally.
> Outgoing mail should
> have a similar format for the "From:" field.
>> I'm hoping use fetchmails multidrop features for incomming mail and
> sendmail (or procmail) for outgoing mail.
>> Is this the way to go or would it be better to go for multiple E-mail
> addresses (one for each student with >300 students)
>> The way I'm heading means that the students cannot read their mail from
> outside the school, but I can't see an easy way
> to allow them to access the mail inside and outside the school (we do
> not have a constant internet connection)
> The plan was to allow the Linux box to login and download all the mail
> periodically and then let the students read it
> when they can get access to a terminal.
>> Any suggestions, comments....?
Paul Jakma paul at clubi.ie
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