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1 Here I add changes which may be important for you. See ChangeLog for more
2 details and the manual pages for a more complete description
3 of added options.
5 0.2.18
7 - delivery warnings and failures are now also implermented if the
8 connection to a server fails. Because masqmail is designed for dialup
9 networks, a connection failure will merely generate a warning by default.
10 If you deliver in a local network and use the default local_net route,
11 this would generte a failure. You can change this behaviour by setting
12 connect_error_fail
13 to either true or false in the route configurations.
15 0.2.17
17 - delivery warnings have been finally implemented: if delivery of a mail
18 fails temporarily, warning mail will be generated, informing the sender
19 of the problem. After some time, the mail will be handled as failing
20 permanently, and be bounced. New options: 'warn_intervals',
21 'max_defer_time' and 'warnmsg_file'.
23 - the message templates for failures and warnings will now be installed
24 into /usr/share/masqmail/tpl/, and no longer to /etc/masqmail/tpl/. The
25 default for the search path (options 'errmsg_file' and 'warnmsg_file'
26 has been changed accordingly.
28 - new option 'last_route'. See man 5 masqmail.route.
30 0.2.12
31 two new options have been added:
32 - do_pipelining will be used only in broken mail setups. Actually, I
33 implemented it only to test such a setup.
35 - helo_name for routes sets the helo_name. This may be useful for
36 eg. ssh tunneling, or if do_correcthelo does not work, because you are
37 behind a firewall.
39 - the old 'remote_port' option should not be used any more. Set the
40 port with mail_host="" in the route file instead.
42 0.2.11
44 - two new options have been added: do_save_envelope_to for the main
45 configuration and map_h_mail_followup_to_addresses for the route
46 files. See the man pages on purpose and usage.
48 - the route files can now be mode 0400, owned by root. Previous
49 versions had problems when sendmail was called directly by a
50 non-priviledged user, because the route files could not be read.
52 0.2.10
54 - this version should work on FreeBSD. At least I care now if it does not.
56 - masqmail now writes pid files to /var/run/, one for the smtp/queue
57 daemon and one for the get daemon. So you now know whom to kill ;-)
59 - much effort has been put into the Debian package, which now uses debconf.
61 0.2.7
63 - sorry for my reluctany in the last months...
64 - my email address is I hope that I keep this for the rest
65 of my life...
67 0.2.6
69 - you can configure the prefered local delivery mechanism for each user. See
70 man page masqmail.conf (5), options mbox_default, mbox_users, mda_users and
71 maildir_users. BIT FAT NOTE: if you used an mda, set mbox_default = "mda"
72 (or use the mda_users option). Just setting mda is not enough any more.
74 - there are the allowed_return_paths and not_allowed_return_paths for the
75 route configurations, this enables better checking for return path addresses
76 than allowed_mail_locals. You can also use this to enable or disable messages
77 from null sender addresses (<>) using "<>".
78 note: this option has been there for quite a time... I just forgot to document it.
80 0.2.5
82 - simple relay checking: if you set do_relay=false in masqmail.conf, users
83 with a return path that is not local will get a 550 reply if they try to
84 deliver to a not local address. This is for users to force them to have a
85 proper configuration. It is _not_ to prevent spammers from using your MTA
86 as a relay, it can be easily forged! masqmail is not designed to be an always
87 accessible MTA for an internet site.
89 - added Maildir support. To use it, add --enable-maildir as ./configure
90 optiom. Currently, if enabled, all local deliveries are to Maildir
91 (in ~user/Maildir), and none to mailbox. This is preliminary, future versions
92 will be configurable (probably together with mda delivery).
94 0.2.4
96 - added -v option, this logs to stdout, so you see what happens when
97 calling masqmail from command line. This is not yet finished, and only
98 for fetching mails completed.
100 0.2.3
102 - new option lock_dir where locks will be put to. Defaults to the spool
103 dir with '/lock/' appended (if spool_dir is /var/spool/masqmail/, lock_dir
104 is /var/spool/masqmail/lock/).
106 - You can use the 'do_uidl_dele' option more reliably. The uidl list
107 will be written immediately after a message was fetched, so if you use the
108 do_uidl and do_uidl_dele option you can safely interrupt masqmail when it is
109 getting mail via pop3, and do not get the message again next time.
111 - there are a lot of new options for ./configure to customize masqmail
112 to your needs. See INSTALL.
114 - Uli Funcke sent a patch with the new options 'local_addresses' and
115 'not_local_addresses' for masqmail.conf. With these, you can declare single
116 email addresses as local, though they normally are not, and vice versa,
117 declare addresses as not local though normally they are (determined with
118 local_hosts). These options are not yet documented.
120 0.2.2
121 - with -go5m you can now run a get daemon, the command 'masqmail -go5m' will fetch
122 mail every five minutes, using the detected online configuration.
124 0.2.1
126 - there is a new option for the main conf: online_gets. Using this option,
127 you can retrieve mail with just calling masqmail -go, masqmail will detect
128 whether it is online (similar to conect_routes (which is now called
129 online_routes)).
131 0.2.0
133 This is the first release of he development branch of masqmail
135 - the default configuration is now /etc/masqmail/masqmail.conf
136 (as it already was for the debian package). The --with-conffile
137 option for configure has been replaced by the --with-confdir option.
139 - added delivery failure notices:
140 o you can customize your own delivery failure report, its
141 default location is /etc/masqmail/tpl/failmsg.tpl
142 o if a delivery via a route fails permanently (the server replied with a 5xx status)
143 the message will be bounced, if it is bounced, no further delivery will be attempted.
144 This is different to previous versions, where failed messages were kept in the queue until
145 it was finally delivered, deleted or forever.
147 - there is a new online detection method: pipe. This allows you more
148 flexibility to detect the current online status, eg. the DHCP status on notebooks.
150 This method will once replace the 'mserver' option,
151 you can already use the program mservdetect to use it:
153 online_method=pipe
154 online_pipe="/usr/bin/mservdetect localhost 222"
156 instead of
158 online_etect=mserver
159 mserver_iface="localhost:222"
161 0.1.9
163 - you can use pipes in routes to implement gateways to uucp, fax, sms etc.
164 The setup is similar to mda transport. See man pages.
166 - for each connection (connect_routes), you can now give a list of
167 route files, which will be used in the order given. You can use the
168 filter rules (allowed_* and not_allowed_* rules) within each route.
170 0.1.8
172 - for pop retrieval and smtp sending you can use a wrapper for eg. ssl
173 tunneling. See man pages.
175 - a user can delete his mail from the spool with -Mrm if received
176 locally, and if you configure with --enable-ident and set
177 ident_trusted_nets also if received via smtp.
179 - a backslash now works to escape characters in the configuration, so
180 you can now use quotes inside quotes. All other characters with a
181 leading backslash will be converted to itself (\a becomes a, \\
182 becomes \).
184 - you can now use an mda for local mails. The mda will be called
185 *after* alias expansion. See documentation for more.
187 0.1.0
188 - masqmail can now retrieve mail with pop3. See the manual on how to do that.
189 - supports now ESMTP AUTH as a client.
190 - when called with -qo (without a connection name), the online status
191 will be checked with the configured method.
193 0.0.10
194 - there is now alias support. Give the location of the alias file (usually /etc/aliases) with eg.
195 alias_file = "/etc/aliases"
196 - delivery to pipes is now possible, but only if it appears in an alias file. Example:
197 pipe: |/usr/bin/command
198 will expand the address pipe to "|/usr/bin/command" which invokes '/usr/bin/command'
199 as the user and group masqmail is running as.
200 - entries starting with '\' in alias files will not be exanded further
202 - changed permissions for queue runs again: got to be root, mail or in group trusted.
204 - some configuration parameters can be read from files, these are
205 allowed_mail_locals, not_allowed_mail_locals, allowed_rcpt_domains, not_allowed_rcpt_domains,
206 map_return_path_addresses, map_h_from_addresses, map_h_reply_to_addresses
207 any entry in these list beginning with a '/' are regarded as
208 filenames, the content of these will be put at that location. Entries
209 in these files are separated by new lines. Example:
210 in the route file you have:
211 map_h_from_addresses = "/etc/masqmail/"
212 and contains:
214 john: John Smith <>
215 cmiller: "Charlie Miller" <>
217 UPDATE (Jan 2000): The new home location of MasqMail is
218, the new email adress of the
219 author is Oliver Kurth <>.
221 0.0.9
222 - see ChangeLog.
224 NOTE: The home location of MasqMail at
225 is uncertain from the
226 beginning of Nov. 1999! See for new
227 announcements. I leave the university and begin a new job on Nov. 1st 1999
228 in Berlin :-).
230 0.0.8:
231 - there is now a FAQ page. See docs/faq.html.
232 - added allowed_rcpt_domains option for routes.
233 - added allowed_mail_locals and not_allowed_mail_locals options for routes.
234 - mailq now gives information about the time mails spent in the queue,
235 the message size and the received host.
237 0.0.7:
238 -bug fix release: for statements in two adjacent lines, the second was not recognized.
240 0.0.6:
241 - bug fix release: some MUAs (cucipop) saw the locally delivered mails
242 concatenated. (cucipop is not a MUA but a pop server, but it has to read the
243 mails).
245 0.0.5:
246 - fixed a bug that caused the headers to be lost under some circumstances.
247 - added expand_h_sender_domain option for routes.
248 - rewrote the libresolv part in configure. Should work better now.
250 0.0.4:
251 - MM should now recognize whether libresolv should be linked.
252 - added --with-logdir=LOGDIR and --with-spooldir=SPOOLDIR to set directories.
253 These will be created if not already existent.
254 - added --with-user=USER, --with-group=GROUP options to set user and group id
255 for MasqMail.
257 0.0.3:
258 - MasqMail can now deliver mails that are received at online
259 time immediately to the internet. See the options detect_online,
260 mserver_iface and online_file.
261 - You can define a route configuration for the local net. See option
262 local_net_route.