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Email Forwarding

Since we are using SpamAssassin for spam control at CCRMA, using the .forward system of forwarding is no longer supported. Please, do not use a .forward file at CCRMA. Forwarding is therefore better done in your ~/.procmailrc file, explained in the section on Spam Control.


With CCRMA Webmail you can access your email from a web browser by visiting:

For more information on how to use the webmail interface, see the Roundcube user’s guide

Mail Filtering

We have a sieve implementation running on our new mail server. You can set your mail filters by editing the sieve files manually, or by editing them from within the webmail interface:

Email Auto-Responder

On June 22, 2021 at 2:28:50 PM PDT, Nette Worthey said:

Configuring Email Clients with IMAP and SMTP

This is general information applicable across any mail client, including:

IMAP Receiving

CCRMA Secure IMAP server:
port: 10993

NOTE: This is not the default port (of 993). Please use 10993 when possible, this is a new mail server which we are transitioning to.

This server requires ‘SSL’ (the secure connection), and authentication using your CCRMA username and password.

NOTE: The following is applicable only if using the old mail server (currently running on the default port of 993):

As part of its configuration, your IMAP client should also have a place to enter your IMAP folder. This is an important part of using IMAP, since this folder will contain all your email folders and subfolders in one location, so that any IMAP client accessing email will show the same set of folders no matter which client you use (the advantage of IMAP). Make sure you have a folder called mail at the top level in your CCRMA home directory. So, when configuring your IMAP client, enter mail as the IMAP folder (or sometimes called the folder ‘Namespace’). This way, your email client will know were to look for it’s folders, rather than having to search throughout your home directory, which adds significant time to starting your email client, and adversely overloads the IMAP server.

SMTP Outgoing

Authenticated SMTP Server:
port: 587
protocol: STARTTLS 

(Or you could send your outgoing email through another SMTP server, even for messages addressed from your CCRMA email.)

POP settings

Weirdly gmail’s Check emails from other accounts feature (which lets you read your CCRMA other other email via the gmail interface) supports bad old POP instead of IMAP. That’s probably the only good reason to access CCRMA email via POP. Use these settings:

Your CCRMA account name
Your CCRMA account password
POP Server:
“Always use a secure connection (SSL) when retrieving mail”:
yes please


Alpine is a terminal based email program (formerly known as Pine). That means that you use it from inside a terminal window by typing:


This program is especially good when you have low bandwidth access. Some CCRMA users prefer this program to any others. Conveniently, it uses the same IMAP folder as Webmail (mail: see IMAP above) so that you can configure all your mail clients to source the same set of folders (the joy, as it were, of IMAP).

Here’s what it looks like:

Pine main-menu

It is a very simple program based on the ‘pico’ text editor. It does take some getting used to however. Its advantage is that it requires less internet bandwidth to work, so it’s great for quick reads and access in remote locations. Lots of CCRMA folks love this program, so don’t hesitate to ask around. There is no mouse interaction, but lots of arrow and single text key input for navigation and email functions.

Staying on the Local-Users List Forever

Normally the email list local-users@ccrma consists of the CCRMA users who have physically been in the building recently, using evidence such as logging into a CCRMA Linux Workstation or authenticating to CCRMA wifi with your @ccrma credentials.

However, if you want to continue to receive “who took my stapler?!?” and “free cake in the fridge” type emails even after moving away from the Bay Area, you can use this trick to “force” your inclusion in the list:

localUsersListTimer= -1

This page of CCRMA documentation last committed on Fri Jan 13 17:54:24 2023 -0800 by Matthew James Wright.