maidag [\,OPTION\/...] [\,recipient\/...]


GNU maidag -- the mail delivery agent.

  • General options

-d, --daemon[=\,NUMBER\/]

runs in daemon mode with a maximum of NUMBER children


remain in foreground

-f, -r, --from=\,EMAIL\/

specify the sender's name

-i, --inetd

run in inetd mode


operate in LMTP mode


force MDA mode even if not started as root


log to standard error


enable session transcript


deliver to given URLs

-x, --debug=\,FLAGS\/

enable debugging

  • Scripting options

  • Sieve options


clear Sieve include path

--clear-library-path, --clearpath

clear Sieve library path

-I, --includedir=\,DIR\/

append DIR to the list of directories searched for include files


add DIR to the beginning of the list of directories searched for library files

-L, --libdir=\,DIR\/

append DIR to the list of directories searched for library files

-l, --language=\,STRING\/

define scripting language for the next --script option


use this header to identify messages when logging Sieve actions

-s, --script=\,PATTERN\/

set name pattern for user-defined mail filter

  • Common options

--config-file=\,FILE\/, --rcfile=\,FILE\/

load this configuration file


show configuration file summary

--config-lint, --rcfile-lint

check configuration file syntax and exit

--config-verbose, --rcfile-verbose

verbosely log parsing of the configuration files

--no-site-config, --no-site-rcfile

do not load site configuration file

--no-user-config, --no-user-rcfile

do not load user configuration file


set configuration parameter


show compilation options

  • Global debugging settings


set Mailutils debugging level


show source info with debugging messages


output logs to syslog FACILITY

-M, --mailer=\,MAILER\/

use specified URL as the default mailer

-?, --help

give this help list


give a short usage message

-V, --version

print program version

Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.

Debug flags are:

  • g - guimb stack traces t - sieve trace (MU_SIEVE_DEBUG_TRACE) i - sieve instructions trace (MU_SIEVE_DEBUG_INSTR) l - sieve action logs 0-9 - Set maidag debugging level


Report bugs to <[email protected]>.


Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>

This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

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