maidag - the mail delivery agent.


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, --[no-]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

-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

Global debugging settings


set Mailutils debugging level

--[no-]debug-line-info show source info with debugging messages


output logs to syslog FACILITY

-M, --mailer=MAILER

use specified URL as the default mailer

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

-L, --libdir=DIR

append DIR to the list of directories searched for library files


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

Configuration handling


load this configuration file; implies --no-config


check configuration file syntax and exit


verbosely log parsing of the configuration files


do not load site and user configuration files


do not load site-wide configuration file


do not load user configuration file


set configuration parameter

Informational options


show configuration file summary


show compilation options

-?, --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 - guile 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


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