- Convert Fidonet FTN packets to RFC-822 and RFC-1036 mail/news.
[-h] [-N] [-x verbosity] [-I file]
converts Fidonet netmail packets into RFC-822 internet mail or
RFC-1036 Usenet News. It expects a non-arcmail packet on stdin and passes
converted mail messages and/or generated newsbatch to sendmail and/or rnews.
If you specify -N, resultant messages/newsbatches will go to the directory
"/tmp/ifmail" instead of being fed to sendmail/rnews.
Ifmail and iftoss programs try to preserve as much information as possible in
"X-FTN-..." headers and "^ARFC-..." kludges, and restore
messages more or less accurately to their original form when
If you make a system mail alias file accessible to the iftoss program, it makes
attempt to "backward resolve" the "from" addresses, that
is, if the originating address of the FidoNet message matches the right side
of some mail alias, the "Reply-To:" header of the generated
mail/news message will contain "firstname.lastname@example.org" address.
Message IDs are converted as follows: "^AMSGID: <address>
<hexnum>" is converted to
"<decimalnum>@<address>". If there was no MSGID in the
fidonet message, messageid of the form
<creation-time>@<from-address> is generated, so that when a single
message is gatewayed in several distinct places, it will have the same
messageid anyway (for some (little) risk of having two different messages with
the same messageid). RFC822 Message-IDs are converted back when they can be,
otherwise the messageid "<local>@<domain>" is converted
to "^AMSGID <domain> crc32(<local>)". When an RFC
message is split, unique MSGIDs are generated for all parts after the first
one. In any case, the original "Message-ID:" header is preserved in
the "^ARFC-Message-ID:" kludge and used if the message comes back to
usenet on some (other) gateway.
Display a short help message.
Put resutant messages/newsbatch to /tmp/ifmail, do not invoke sendmail/rnews.
Set the debug verbosity. verbosity
may be a number from 0 to 32 to set
'on' bits from 1 to number, or a string of letters where 'a' = bit 1, 'b' =
bit 2, etc. up to bit 26.
Use the alternate configuration file File.
Runtime configuration file.
ifcico(8), ifpack(8), ifunpack(8), ifmail(8)
Some ideas taken from Fidogate/RFmail package, written by Teemu Torma and hacked
by Martin Junius. Some modeules taken from INN package. Thanks to Michael
Bravo <email@example.com> (who was the first) and many others for
1993, 1994 Eugene Crosser
This is free software. You can do what you wish with it as long as this
copyright notice is preserved.