Piping bounced emails to rails script


#1

Hi all. I have been banging my head against the wall for two days.
Hoping you can help; this isn’t strictly a rails problem, but
something I’m encountering in trying to get rails and postfix to work
together.

I want to automate dealing with bounced messages, so I have bounced
emails bounce back to “removed_email_address@domain.invalid.”

I want to do this in my /etc/aliases file:

bounces: | "RAILS_ENV=production /usr/bin/ruby /home/rails/appname/
current/script/runner ‘BouncedEmail.receive(STDIN.read)’

so that I can process the email in rails.

But it’s not working, and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, so I
tried the following:
If I have “bounces: root”, then the email gets properly directed to
root’s email folder fine, so the alias stuff should be working, but
piping to a trivial command doesn’t seem to work at all. If I do

bounces: | “echo ‘hi’ > /tmp/test”

I see nothing when I send an email to bounces.

Anybody have any ideas?


#2

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 1:38 PM, rcs removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I want to automate dealing with bounced messages, so I have bounced
emails bounce back to “removed_email_address@domain.invalid.”

I want to do this in my /etc/aliases file:

bounces: | "RAILS_ENV=production /usr/bin/ruby /home/rails/appname/
current/script/runner ‘BouncedEmail.receive(STDIN.read)’

I would think that would be iffy just because of the startup time.

Personally I would create an actual “bounces” user, let the mails go
to that account normally, and run a cron job to process the mail file.

YMMV!

Hassan S. ------------------------ removed_email_address@domain.invalid


#3

On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM, rcs removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

I want to do this in my /etc/aliases file:

bounces: | "RAILS_ENV=production /usr/bin/ruby /home/rails/appname/
current/script/runner ‘BouncedEmail.receive(STDIN.read)’

You need to use procmail, and put something almost exactly like that
in your .procmailrc.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~ian/procmail.html


Greg D.
http://destiney.com/


#4

Two things - the | character should be inside the quotes. And, take a
look at this:
http://forum.symfony-project.org/index.php/m/26063/

for discussion on getting a similar setup running (postfix needs to be
delivering as a user other than nobody).

–Matt J.


#5

hello!

Can you help me out in implementing bouncing??

Regards,
Harish
(removed_email_address@domain.invalid)

rcs wrote in post #817505:

Hi all. I have been banging my head against the wall for two days.
Hoping you can help; this isn’t strictly a rails problem, but
something I’m encountering in trying to get rails and postfix to work
together.

I want to automate dealing with bounced messages, so I have bounced
emails bounce back to “removed_email_address@domain.invalid.”

I want to do this in my /etc/aliases file:

bounces: | "RAILS_ENV=production /usr/bin/ruby /home/rails/appname/
current/script/runner ‘BouncedEmail.receive(STDIN.read)’

so that I can process the email in rails.

But it’s not working, and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, so I
tried the following:
If I have “bounces: root”, then the email gets properly directed to
root’s email folder fine, so the alias stuff should be working, but
piping to a trivial command doesn’t seem to work at all. If I do

bounces: | “echo ‘hi’ > /tmp/test”

I see nothing when I send an email to bounces.

Anybody have any ideas?