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forward — email
forwarding information file
Users may put a
.forward file in their
home directory. If this file exists,
smtpd(8) forwards email to the
destinations specified therein.
.forward file contains a list of
expansion values, as described in
aliases(5). Each expansion value
should be on a line by itself. However, the
mechanism differs from the aliases mechanism in that it disallows file
inclusion (:include:) and it performs expansion under the user ID of the
.forward file owner.
Permissions on the
.forward file are very
strict and expansion is rejected if the file is group or world-writable; if
the home directory is group writeable; or if the file is not owned by the
Users should avoid editing directly the
.forward file to prevent delivery failures from
occurring if a message arrives while the file is not fully written. The best
option is to use a temporary file and use the
mv(1) command to atomically overwrite
.forward. Alternatively, setting the
sticky(8) bit on the home
directory will cause the
.forward lookup to return a
temporary failure, causing mails to be deferred.
- Email forwarding information.
The following file forwards mail to “firstname.lastname@example.org”, and pipes the same mail to “examplemda”.
# empty lines are ignored email@example.com # anything after # is ignored "|/path/to/examplemda"
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