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The expression extension, available only from the trusted interpreter, introduces the ability to evaluate arithmetical and logical operations within Sieve scripts. This is particularly useful for performing calculations on variables or determining the flow based on specific logical conditions. Expressions can be evaluated using the eval test or the let and while instructions. In order to use these features, the vnd.stalwart.expressions extension must be enabled in the script.

The following operators are supported by the expression extension:

  • Arithmetical:
    • +: Addition
    • -: Subtraction
    • /: Division
    • *: Multiplication
  • Logical:
    • &&: Logical AND
    • ||: Logical OR
    • ^: Logical XOR
    • !: Logical NOT
  • Comparison:
    • >: Greater than
    • <: Less than
    • =: Equal to
    • !=: Not equal to
    • >=: Greater than or equal to
    • <=: Less than or equal to

When working with logical and comparison operators, it is crucial to ensure that the data types being compared are compatible. For instance, comparing a string to a number using an operator like > may not yield the expected results. Always ensure that the variables and constants in your expressions have expected and consistent types to avoid unexpected behaviors.

Using the eval test

Expressions can be evaluated using the eval test. This test evaluates the expression within the quotes and returns a boolean value based on the result.

if eval "expression_here" {
# Actions to be performed if the expression evaluates to true

In the following example, if the given mathematical expression results in a value greater than 2.25, the message is rejected as SPAM.

if eval "score + ((awl_score / awl_count) - score) * awl_factor > 2.25" {
reject "Your message is SPAM.";

Using the let instruction

Expressions can also be evaluated and assigned to a variable using the let instruction. This instruction evaluates the expression within the quotes and assigns the result to the specified variable.

For example, to set a variable's value based on an evaluated expression:

let "score" "score + ((awl_score / awl_count) - score) * awl_factor";

Using the while instruction

The while instruction allows you to execute a block of code repeatedly while a given condition is true. This instruction evaluates the expression within the quotes and executes the block of code if the result is true. The block of code is executed repeatedly until the expression evaluates to false. It is important to ensure that the expression eventually evaluates to false to avoid infinite loops. In order to use while loops, the vnd.stalwart.while extension must be enabled in the script.

let "i" "10";
while "i > 0" {
eval "print('Counter is ' + i)";
let "i" "i - 1";

While loops can be terminated using the break instruction, which will immediately exit the loop and continue execution after the loop.

let "i" "10";
while "true" {
let "i" "i - 1";
if eval "i == 0" {
eval "print('Counter is ' + i)";

The continue instruction can be used to skip the rest of the current iteration and continue with the next one.

let "i" "10";
while "true" {
let "i" "i - 1";
if eval "contains([1, 3, 5, 7, 9], i)" {
eval "print('Counter is ' + i)";