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There is probably an anecdote from the Bell Labs from the early 1970s which either solves your problem or improves your understanding of it.

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Jun
18
comment Finding and replacing text inside awk block
You cannot apply a regular expression across lines. You will need something like /^17[,0-9\:]*$/ { found=1 } found&/^,11/ { do things; found=0 }
Jun
18
comment Finding and replacing text inside awk block
You want to prune this down to a really minimal example and explain how 2 is "based on" 8013765024. Is that a magic number we should be looking for, or a threshold value, or what are the conditions under which the first ,11:1 should be replaced?
Jun
17
awarded  Constituent
Jun
11
comment Where does postfix store email?
Postfix does not store outgoing mail permanently. Once it's off the system, it's no longer the responsibility of the MTA. If you need a permanent copy, Bcc: yourself, or use whatever your MUA offers (like you mention for Alpine).
Jun
9
awarded  Caucus
May
26
awarded  Yearling
May
12
revised procmail save into a dir and execute a script?
Alternatives for notification generation
May
12
answered procmail save into a dir and execute a script?
Apr
29
revised How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
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Apr
29
revised How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
Maybe consult the Maildir index if you have one?
Apr
29
revised How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
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Apr
29
answered How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
Apr
29
comment Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
Depending on what payload.sh wants to accomplish, how about simply running start every time you receive an email message, and have it spawn a new payload.sh if it's more than 6 hours since last time?
Apr
29
comment Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
If you are lucky, the mail host has cron even though your regular machine doesn't; but abusing this is probably crossing the line of "creative".
Apr
29
comment Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
Incidentlally, the outer braces are a syntax error, and the inner braces are superfluous. This should all be a single recipe.
Apr
29
answered Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
Apr
29
comment How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
I tried to fix "looks" which I assume was meant to be "locks" but I cannot make edits that minor.
Apr
29
comment How to grab the oldest unread message from `mail` in a script?
While informative, this would be better suited as a comment, as it does not actually answer the question.
Apr
28
comment Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
If your mail is arriving on a different host which had your $HOME mounted (or vice versa), the process is still running there. A quick glance at your Received: headers of a recent incoming message should reveal where Procmail is actually running. See also web.archive.org/web/20070813144716/http://partmaps.org/era/mail/…
Apr
28
comment Job started by procmail does not appear in ps-output and cannot be stopped, even not after reboot
What did your .procmailrc look like?