I have a POP3 email account, that I do not use anymore. It is on a server out of my control.

Several of my contacts keep on sending email to that address, though I told them. So I decided to set an autoresponse saying "I do not read at this address anymore, write to that other address".

I need a little process running on one of my always-up machines that fetches emails from the server and answers, to that coming from one of my contact, with a standard response.

I am looking for a solution simple to setup, like fetchmail + mailx + some bash scripting.

  • are you still looking for an answer here? – Ringtail Feb 23 '12 at 22:39
  • @BlueXrider: yes, I am – enzotib Feb 24 '12 at 8:16

Here is an easy way to set up an email autoresponder using thunderbird :

  1. Click on write, and compose you response.
  2. Save it as a template
  3. Go to tools, message filters
  4. Select your inbox and click on new
  5. Select match all messages
  6. In the action dialog select reply with template

Et voilà!

Now each time you will check your mail it will send your template to every person that sent you a mail.

  • Thank you for the answer. Maybe my question was not clear, but I am looking for a solution that could work unattended on server without a GUI. – enzotib Aug 2 '11 at 10:23
  • Oh, do you think this could help? – danjjl Aug 2 '11 at 10:28
  • Unfortunately no, I do not want to install a GUI and thunderbird only for this task – enzotib Aug 2 '11 at 10:32
  • no no I meant the link I gave in the comment – danjjl Aug 2 '11 at 10:33
  • Ah, sorry, I didn't see the link. I'm reading, let me the time to understand. Also, you can edit your answer to mention that link, too – enzotib Aug 2 '11 at 10:36

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