email forwarding information
Users may put a
.forward file in their
home directory. If this file exists,
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.
.forward mechanism differs from the
aliases mechanism in that it disallows file inclusion (:include:) and it
performs expansion under the user ID of the
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 the
file directly, 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 the former
.forward. Alternatively, setting the
bit on the home directory will cause the
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"