On Vacation replies with full headers

When you enable the On Vacation option in your mail box and someone emails you, then they receive a reply with the full message headers.
Very confusing for the receiving party and way to much information given away. How to turn that off?

Example of a reply:

X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.4.2 (2018-09-13) on xxxx.xxx.xxx
X-Spam-Status: No, score=-98.8 required=7.0 tests=DKIM_SIGNED,DKIM_VALID,
autolearn_force=no version=3.4.2
Received: (qmail 11203 invoked by uid 108); 25 Oct 2019 10:00:14 +0100
Received: by simscan 1.4.0 ppid: 11153, pid: 11159, t: 0.6589s
scanners: spam: 3.4.2
Received: from unknown (HELO xxxx.xxxx.com) (xxxxxx)
by xxxx.xxxx.xxx with ESMTPS; 25 Oct 2019 10:00:14 +0100
Received-SPF: pass (xxx.xx.xxx: SPF record at xxx.com designates xxxxx as permitted sender)
Received: from [xxxx] (xxxxx [xxxxx])
by xxxxx (Postfix) with ESMTPSA id 9852B1A071F
for <xxxx>; Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:00:13 +0100 (BST)
DKIM-Filter: OpenDKIM Filter v2.11.0 xxxxx 9852B1A071F
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=xxxxx;
s=default; t=1571994013;
b=kX0OpMeu7g9tRsyKGaVLmxv8hNOvcUFdE8TrE4+vOhk1Csvj KAkSKrCMYmyIgLe7/
mhqYFZh1uEKHD9wbm3eACkU5z2D5NgVBjcueXCZ7IvCFjQi0UPgto2qK U
+WrTn2er6So8uMZcVhWhH5oTi7Ij7FsRL7tNFEWDT7joIGcSyH 38QQyFGar1ufgozJ
Reply-To: [email protected]
To: [email protected]
From: “xxxx” <[email protected]>
Subject: vacation?
Openpgp: preference=signencrypt
Autocrypt: [email protected]; prefer-encrypt=mutual; keydata=
hDNXVev7OX1STG7duZYgft0jXr1r+o8d5GtuDoO6dQ5G8O2kRG 9NG6Mz1CXkOhoV2NjMj5VI
mKaBAoXNIcdiRd8JVLTK6Lm3Loswh++3M08caMXijwCgqwDVYW VsB/F+zj15e6syzsclAXsD
/2z5XoSOEich4YwNESVbUz9m8KkZxpWd3hOqQtOWRDfoWVlNutR oPRQdvR91KzjKebKbgQBx
aCMAs86uyR1HjUOZoBEy7+J0OKyAgNjd6ha+3GlGxwzPLaZ3JP SBnZnZr4RTC6H9ChcdQpl8
Oweihxp+14lXakXd48MYb9XxckP14fpe3X4ob1A+HwCxUVw3Cx sboohJBBgRAgAJBQJXYA7G
Organization: xxx.
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Disposition-Notification-To: “xxxx.” <xxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:00:13 +0100
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:60.0) Gecko/20100101
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Hi nico

There should be a simply switch which needs changing from 1 to 0 within .qmail but I cannot find the file which holds this switch

The 0 tells it not to include the message

Many thanks



I need a bit more information–do you mean that the header is what is being sent and seen instead of the vacation message, or do you mean that, when you click “view source”, you can see the full headers, and you do not want people to be able to see that information?

Hi Jenna

Many thanks and hope your well

The responder responds with the responder message and just below it, is the full header details of the email it is responding too


Response message set


Responder replies with


All header details of the email received it is responding too

Many thanks


Hi, @d2d4j @IWorx-Jenna

Plus we get emails building up in the mailbox but I am no 100% sure as we tried it so many times.
You can see at the beginning of my post the full header, I took most important privacy details away.
Kind regards,


Having both the message and the headers in the bounce back is standard behavior, though if you’d like to submit a ticket to the helpdesk with access information to your server, I can patch it so that info does not show up. I can also take a look at your mail-stuck-in-queue issue (if I am correct that that is what you mean by “Plus we get emails building up in the mailbox but I am no 100% sure as we tried it so many times.”. Though I will need more info as to what you mean by “but I am no 100% sure as we tried it so many times.”).

One thing of note, though, is that, while I’m able to remove the headers, both the plain text and html versions of the original message do still show in the response. I’ve been testing for a few hours with trying to remove the html bit, but it may not be possible. So the response would look like the following:
[h=3]Re: Vacation test 2[/h] [TABLE]
[TD][email protected][IMG2=JSON]{“alt”:“Add contact”,“data-align”:“none”,“data-size”:“full”,“src”:“”}[/IMG2][/TD]
[TD]Today 11:23[/TD]
[h=2]Message Body[/h] I’m on vacation!

-------- Original Message --------

Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:23:37 -0400

test message

<html><head><meta http-equiv=3D"Content-Type" content=3D"text/html; charset=
=3DUTF-8" /></head><body style=3D’font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana,Gen=
<p>test message</p>


Hi @IWorx-Jenna
I have been trying to find out how it works and found some more parameters information, perhaps it is any use for you?

Usage: | /usr/local/bin/autorespond time num message dir [ flag arsender ]

time - time in seconds to consider consecutive
num - maximum number of messages to respond to within time seconds
message - the message file
dir - directory to store list of e-mail addresses
optional parameters:
flag - handling of original message:
0 - append nothing
1 - append quoted original message without attachments
arsender - from adress in generated message

  • = None
  • = blank from envelope !
    $ = To: address will be used

headerkeep \fR(string)
If this option is given, only the headers listed in the value are copied
from the message into the response. Separate header names with a colon.
If neither this nor headerstrip are used, all headers are copied.

headerstrip \fR(string)
If this option is given and headerkeep is not, the headers listed in the value are omitted when copying from
the message into the response. Separate header names with a colon.
Header names are treated as patterns, and so may contain
.I *
to match any string. For example, the pattern
.I x-*
will match the headers
.I X-DomainKeys:
.IR X-SpamLevel: .

Autorespond is located: /usr/bin/qmail-autoresponder
User message is located in /chroot/home/user/var/domain/mail/mailbox/vacation

Hope that helps.

The email is building up in the persons emailbox, who has enabled the vacation message, from communication with person, it seems that quite a few where coming but we where testing, so it might be ‘noise’ of trying…

Kind regards,

Hi @IWorx-Jenna
Ticket submitted, PJO-266266
Kind regards,

Hi @d2d4j , @IWorx-Jenna

All sorted now, Interworx support Jenna fixed it by adding an extra option on the row in the vacation script, -O headerkeep=“Date”
It will still give some raw text [garbage] in the reply if the email contains an attachment with images or other html coding,
but by using the headerstrip option all is stripped out. [see my previous findings]

$AUTORESPOND -t 50000 -n 40 -O numlines=0 -O copymsg -O headerstrip="*" $USERDIR/vacation $USERDIR

Thank you both, Jenna and John for all the help, much appreciated.
Kind regards,

Looks great