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'[OT] Blocking/deleting large attachments'
2007\03\29@192839 by Jinx

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How can I set OE to not download large (>500kB) attachments
from my ISP's server ?

AFAICT all OE Message Rules are "Apply this rule after the
message arrives", which means it has to come into my PC before
it can be deleted, and that's what I'm trying to avoid. The closest
I can get is

Apply this rule after the message arrives
Where the message size is more than 500KB
Do not Download it from the server

I'm assuming "message size" does not include the attachment, which
is why that doesn't work

TIA

PS I've also dropped a mail to my ISP, see what they can do
at their end. I can go to my ISP's webmail section but that's a
real nuisance

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2007\03\29@211544 by Gerhard Fiedler

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Jinx wrote:

> How can I set OE to not download large (>500kB) attachments
> from my ISP's server ?

Not sure about OE. Outlook has (and other email programs often have) two
modes: one where they download all messages in one swoop, and one where
they either only download headers and size information or download headers
and size information and only filter-selected complete messages. Maybe OE
has a similar mode.

If not, and if the normal filtering also doesn't work, there are small
programs that do exactly this: download only headers. They would allow you
to delete such large messages (if that's what you want); AFAIK they
wouldn't allow you to download them later.

Gerhard

2007\03\30@033301 by Apptech

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> How can I set OE to not download large (>500kB) attachments
> from my ISP's server ?

Mailwasher is a free (originally NZ written) email pre-vetting program which
would allow this. You can see message attributes and even read them "without
downloading them" if desired. Very nice to stop spammers seeing that your
address is valid.

If you ever want large attachments sent you are welcome to have them sent to
me*  and we can then arrange what to do with them next. I've recently
received emails up to approaching 20 MB so my ISP's limit is better than
some here.

At one stage I was sending emails to a client and he would "mailwash" my
emails so he could read what I said without leaving any trace that he had
read my messages. Such clients one can do without.



       Russell

* if you want to do this let me know and we can set up some form of "flag"
to identify them - eg "JINX::" in subject line or whatever.



2007\03\30@034910 by Jinx

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> Mailwasher is a free (originally NZ written) email pre-vetting
> program which would allow this

Will look into mail screening programs

> If you ever want large attachments sent you are welcome to have
> them sent to me*

That's kind of you, but these are mails I didn't ask for and don't want.
They are infrequent, which is why I don't want the bother of checking
mail on the web first several times every day, but annoying because
they tie up OE for ages (dial-up)

2007\03\30@041301 by Roger, in Bangkok

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I don't know about OE, but Outlook does this easily (or used to anyway)
under the options or preferences menu.  You simply enter the maximum file
size to download and that's it.  I will try to find a machine around here
using OE to check it out.  I now forward all of my email addresses to gmail,
since their spam filtering is the only one I have found to be worth its salt
... haven't found it necessary to fool with POP3 even though gmail offers
that for free.

regards/Roger, in Bangkok

On 3/30/07, Jinx <spam_OUTjoecolquittTakeThisOuTspamclear.net.nz> wrote:
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2007\03\30@092646 by Tony Smith

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> > Mailwasher is a free (originally NZ written) email
> pre-vetting program
> > which would allow this
>
> Will look into mail screening programs
>
> > If you ever want large attachments sent you are welcome to
> have them
> > sent to me*
>
> That's kind of you, but these are mails I didn't ask for and
> don't want.
> They are infrequent, which is why I don't want the bother of
> checking mail on the web first several times every day, but
> annoying because they tie up OE for ages (dial-up)


You mean like when someone accidently sent a 2 meg file to the Piclist a
while back?  (IIRC, it wasn't all that interesting anyway, certainly not
enough to justify the 10-15min download).

Dunno if MailWasher handles attachments in that way, it's been a while.  I
think it might.  Outlook does.  Thunderbird does too.  TB handles spam quite
well.

Tony

2007\03\30@094903 by John Pfaff

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I've been using Mailwasher (http://www.mailwasher.net) for a few years now.  I
use an older version (1.32) because it doesn't have some of the
limitations that the current free version has.  The pay version allows
multiple email accounts.  What it does is download just the headers for
all of your email, and allow you to delete them while they're still on
the server.  It will even let you "fake" a bounce message back to the
sender to make it look like the email address doesn't exist.  All-in-all
a pretty cool little application.

JP


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2007\03\30@105935 by Tony Smith

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I used Mailwasher for a while, and then got tired of it.  Thunderbird works
just as well.  Better, really, as I don't have to deal with two programs.
Anyway, the task was blocking (or flagging)  large attachments, not just
spam (which is usually just small attachments).  Thunderbird & Outlook do
that.  Mailwasher does ????

Tony



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2007\03\30@114957 by John Pfaff

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The nice thing about Mailwasher is that you never actually download the
attachment (Thunderbird and Outlook (Express) have to download the
attachment before analyzing it), you delete the email message directly
from the server.

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2007\03\31@090208 by Gerhard Fiedler

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John Pfaff wrote:

> The nice thing about Mailwasher is that you never actually download the
> attachment (Thunderbird and Outlook (Express) have to download the
> attachment before analyzing it), you delete the email message directly
> from the server.

I'm pretty sure that you can tell TB and I know that you can tell OL to
/not/ download messages with a size over a threshold of your liking. They
don't have to download the message for that, only some information about
it.

Gerhard

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