A toolkit for automatically and securely dealing with qsecretary confirmation notices

Copyright ©2002 Charles Cazabon <pymsgauth @>

pymsgauth is written in Python, and licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

Using pymsgauth

To use pymsgauth effectively, do the following:

Installing pymsgauth

  • Download the latest version of pymsgauth
  • Unpack the tarball
  • Create and populate the directories
    mkdir -m 755 /usr/lib/pymsgauth and /usr/doc/pymsgauth
    install -m 755 pymsgauth-mail pymsgauth-confirm pymsgauth-clean /usr/lib/pymsgauth
    install -m 644 pymsgauth.html pymsgauth.txt pymsgauthrc-example CHANGELOG BUGS COPYING /usr/doc/pymsgauth
  • Symlink the commands into /usr/bin
    cd /usr/bin
    ln -s ../lib/pymsgauth/pymsgauth-* ./

Configuring pymsgauth

  • Create a local configuration/data directory. The default is ~/.pymsgauth, but can be overridden in the environment variable PYMSGAUTH_DIR.
    mkdir m 700 ~/.pymsgauth
  • Create a configuration file pymsgauthrc in the above directory. Examine the provided pymsgauthrc-example file for details.

Configuring qmail delivery

  • Configure qmail to process messages from qsecretary-protected mailing lists. For instance, if mail from the qmail mailing list is controlled by ~/.qmail-list, edit that file. Include a delivery to the pymsgauth-confirm command before your Maildir or mbox delivery line, as follows:

Configuring MUAs

  • Configure your MUA to use pymsgauth-mail as its sendmail interface. In mutt, this means setting sendmail to the path to pymsgauth-mail in your .muttrc file.