Oct-25-2016: Released 0.8.6 (stable)
More fixes for build woes thanks to generous support from Elimar Riesebieter. See the NEWS file.
Jul-26-2016: Released 0.8.5 (stable)
Yet another maintenanance release thanks to the generous patches of Felix Janda and Holger Hoffstaette. Fixes some compilation woes and previously unresolved dependencies. Many thanks for that!
Mar-25-2016: Released 0.8.4 (stable)
Another maintenance release, after it was reported that Mailfilter no longer builds with newer systems due to a change inside the lexer, flex, which now uses a reference to the currently opened file as opposed to a pointer in previous versions; see also Debian bug 812681.
May-17-2014: Released 0.8.3 (stable)
For your spam killing pleasure, 0.8.3 is released today. I'd welcome feedback on any bugs you encounter, since it's been a while that made a release. This release fixes some build problem and Debian-reported bugs. Check out the NEWS to see what has changed.
May-11-2014: Uploaded pre-0.8.3 to SVN (stable)
Aug-15-2009: Released 0.8.2 (stable)
Mainly a security problem related to the APOP protocol was fixed. The problem is not Mailfilter-specific, in that other email programs had similar problems. The bug is documented, e.g., in no. 2846 on the mutt bug tracker. The same fix that was applied to mutt was applied to Mailfilter.
Jan-18-2009: Not dead
Hi folks, just a quick note to say that the project is far from dead. Sure, development has not really done much in the last year, but mailfilter is pretty stable and also usable as is. And I am not right now interested in adding nifty new features - I welcome patches, however.
As a matter of fact, I have just tested mailfilter with gcc 4.3 and recent autotools to see if there are any build issues. I have found a minor one and fixed it in svn, but apart from that it built fine. If you encounter anything unsuspected, I would like to hear from you, and try to keep mailfilter current with respect to compiler changes and the like. Afterall, a lot of distributions ship the program, and therefore this aspect is important, even if no new features are currently being added.
So, happy spam killing!
Sep-15-2007: Released 0.8.1 (stable)
Mailfilter development obviously has slowed down dramatically, but that means two things: 1. the program is already fairly mature and useable, and 2. I am very busy with other things. But here it is, a bug fix release to 0.8. It fixes mainly two annoying problems.
Check the NEWS file for details!
Jan-01-2007: Released 0.8 (stable)
Happy new year everybody. Not hungover at all, I decided to turn the 0.7.x branch stable. Fixed some minor bugs, cleaned up some code and, most importantly, updated the documentation. So, compared to the previous 0.7.2 release, not much has changed. However, compared to 0.6.x A LOT is new. For details, consult the NEWS file, please.
Most noteworthy, however, is the fact that the rcfile format has changed (see also the news item from Feb-14-2004). You can check the man pages or the FAQ for details. In a nutshell: all strings have now to be enclosed in quotes, whereas numeral parameters do not have to be. You MUST update your rcfile, or write yourself a little Perl skript to do so, otherwise mailfilter won't start. Conversion should be easy, however, if you have aquired a lot of spam filter strings, you may be busy a while when doing it manually. Sorry about that.
Second big change affects translations: they are gone for the moment being. The reason is that the internals of mailfilter have changed a lot in contrast to the old stable release series. And so the communication and output of the program has changed, too. I intend to add translations again in the future, but my focus is right now on improving stability, debugging, etc. the new version.
Oct-01-2006: Released 0.7.2 (development)
It's been a while since I last put hands on the mailfilter code.
However, here is a new development release which mainly fixes some
compilation issues. I decided to make this release now to not loose
touch with the latest developments of flex, gcc, etc. mailfilter
should compile with recent versions of all those programs.
Nov-27-2004: Released 0.7.1 (development)
The latest development release fixes a number of smaller bugs,
e.g. MAXLENGTH would delete messages if unset previously. Also APOP
support was reanimated and preliminary support for SSL encryption has
been added via the OpenSSL library. Check out the NEWS and read the accompanying
Aug-08-2004: Released 0.6.2
Right before Debian's (Sarge) feature freeze, an important bug in
0.6.x has been fixed, thanks to Bulia Byak. This way, we can finally
replace Debian's mailfilter version 0.3.3 with our 0.6.x release
series. As always, have a look at the NEWS file to find out more.
Feb-14-2004: Released 0.6.1 and 0.7
Today I am happy to announce even two new releases: a new stable
version as well as the premiere for our new development version, 0.7.
The usual updates regarding the stable release are listed in the NEWS file, as always.
Server = "my.server.com"
User = "me"
Pass = "top.secret"
Protocol = "pop3"
Port = 110
Given that 0.7 is the first release of our development series, you will most likely find a few things not yet implemented properly. For instance, the internationalisation is currently not working. It's probably too early to start adopting the .PO files, so do not worry too much about it. And don't hesitate from submitting bug reports, should it be necessary.
Dec-20-2003: New German tutorial, new Features
Kai Hildebrandt has written a very nice and lengthy Mailfilter
tutorial for the Pro-Linux web site, which is linked up in our
Oct-26-2003: Released 0.6
The 0.6.x series is the new stable Mailfilter branch and should, hopefully, have solved all previous compile problems. However, in case of persisting problems, do not hesitate to contact the mailing list for help. Program news are available from the NEWS file.
Oct-11-2003: Released 0.5.2
The current release is a step forward to resolve our problems with
the program GNU flex. Unfortunately, GNU flex is, nowadays, known to
create incompatible code that modern compilers cannot handle.
Sep-24-2003: Project Status / Code Rewrite
Some may have been wondering what's happening with Mailfilter
development as of lately. Hence, a little reminder that the program
is far from dead, but, unfortunately, lacks developers. In other
words, currently, there is only one active programmer involved (me),
and the task of maintaining the 0.5.x branch as well as a rewrite is
almost too much for a single person. In effect, I abstain from making
any predictions regarding future release dates, or the status of the
ongoing rewrite. Releases will be made when they are due.
Apr-12-2003: Released 0.5.1
Finally, a new development release has been made. This one mainly adds a scoring mechanism to
achieve a more sophisticated filtering, e.g. to delete spam within mailing lists. The program's
man pages have more details on that.
Oct-23-2002: Build Problems
Lately, we've been drowning in desperate cries for help. It seems that users who switched to a system based on
gcc 3.x can not compile Mailfilter any longer. The reason for this is a broken version of flex (which
Mailfilter relies upon to build) floating around the net. Flex, an automatic scanner generator, spits out C++
code that old releases of gcc would accept as correct, but it does not work with the latest versions of gcc.
Sep-14-2002: Released 0.5.0
I've opened a new development branch for Mailfilter. For the first time, Mailfilter speaks more than just one protocol: thanks to Greg Louis, the current development release also supports APOP in order to send encrypted password information over the net. To see what else is new, please read the NEWS file, as always.
May-29-2002: Released 0.4.0
The 0.3.x development series is over now and a new stable release of Mailfilter is available. Compared to the last development release nothing much has changed, but I highly recommend an update to all users of version 0.2.4 (because of better networking code, support for nested rcfiles and lots of other reasons). As always, you can find out the juicy details if you read the NEWS file.
May-21-2002: MailfilterX for MacOS X
I'm pleased to announce a new front-end for Mailfilter. Frank Blome has written an application that allows users of MacOS X to create proper configuration files at ease, due to an intuitive user-interface. Check out screenshots and further information regarding MailfilterX on his homepage. However, he has not yet finished work on this fine utility; so in the meantime you might have to e-mail him privately to access pre-releases and the like.
Apr-22-2002: Released 0.3.3
The latest offering fixes a few minor bugs (As always, see the NEWS file for details!) and introduces a new feature that allows you to split up your rc-config files. Hence, a new keyword, 'INCLUDE', was introduced which is explained in the man page. To give away a quick example: the directive 'INCLUDE = /home/username/.mailfilter/servers' in your main '.mailfilterrc' file could be used to load the mail server configuration from a different and independent location of your file system. Thanks to Ilgiz Kalmetev, we now also have a Russian program translation. So, keep sending in your feedback, but not in Russian, please! ;-)
Feb-20-2002: Released 0.3.2
Again, a new development version of Mailfilter has been released. To find out what has been changed and improved, please have a look at the according NEWS file. If you are using 0.3.0 or 0.3.1 at the moment, then I highly recommend to upgrade as a few limitations and bugs that were introduced by opening the development branch, have now been removed. Of course, I also invite those who are still using the last stable release 0.2.4 to go and check out this latest update and report potential software problems. Your feedback is very important!
Jan-01-2002: Happy New Year!
A happy new year to all the Mailfilter users! And many thanks to those who kept sending in their feedback, suggestions and bug reports. Your support is very important not only to improve the software, but also to give those nasty spammers something to worry about. ;-)
Dec-02-2001: Released 0.3.1
A new development version of Mailfilter is now available. To find out what was changed and improved this time, please have a look at the
according NEWS file.
Nov-08-2001: Revamped this Site
The Mailfilter project has gotten a face lift, at least in the world wide web. The old homepage grew a bit too large and became quite difficult to navigate. Hopefully that's fixed with the new design. As always, enjoy!
Nov-07-2001: Released 0.3.0
The first development release of the 0.3.x series was released earlier today. Please check out the NEWS file to find out what has changed. The main focus is on the new code and object structure though. So if you want to try out this latest offering and encounter oddities or even bugs (shrug), then please don't hesitate to send in your feedback! All mail is welcome!