Re: Revealed at last... the Echelon spammer.

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 09:54:03 MDT

This is all great. Now what we need is an easily installable plugin for
netscape, microsoft mail, and eudora that people can install that does the same
thing to their sig file whenever they launch their mail reader. Promote its use
by the general population and echelon and carnivore are both dead.

James Wetterau wrote:
> Alex Future Bokov says:
> ...
> > # each time it runs. Toss it into your crontab or .login. Add some words of
> > # your own. Have fun!
> > #
> > # Warning: It will blow away any existing .sig file, so back 'em up!
> ...
> > $egreeting <<EOF;
> You have a syntax error here.
> It should be:
> $egreeting =<<EOF;
> It doesn't compile otherwise.
> Also, if you're on a Unix system, you can make your .signature a fifo
> using mkfifo, and you can keep this program running nohup by writing a
> loop around it to keep it writing to the .sig file and closing after
> each write. This way each fresh read will get a fresh run.
> The loop could look basically like this:
> while(1)
> {
> open (">/path/to/.sig") or die "Could not open .sig: $!";
> # do the rest of the program here
> # ...
> # be sure to close
> close SIG or die "Got an error closing .sig: $!";
> }
> Note that I've added error checking to both system calls. Always
> check the return value from system calls.
> Now, then, after you mkfifo .sig, all you need to do is execute the
> program nohup:
> nohup sigwriter &
> And any read will get a fresh set of words. If you want, you can put
> a monitor job in your crontab or login to make sure it's still running
> every now and then. The best way would be to have it record its
> process id on startup in a file you check for an extand pid by the
> same process name.
> All the best,
> James

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