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forward(4)							    forward(4)

       forward - forward mail

       /var/adm/forward/username $HOME/.forward

       The .forward file allows a user to forward messages to another host, or
       to invoke programs (such as vacation(1)) to process their mail.	It  is
       formatted as a series of comma-separated addresses in the form: addr_1,
       addr_2, ...  Alternatively, each address can be on a separate line.

       The newer sendmail.v8 program also allows the use  of  comments	(lines
       that begin with a ``#'') and blank lines.

       As  with the aliases(4) file, mail messages can be forwarded to another
       host or given to programs for further processing.  The following is  an
       example of the vacation program. Assuming that the user's name is myra,
       create  a  .forward  file  and	add   the   following	line:	\myra,
       "|/usr/bin/vacation myra"

       The  previous  example forwards mail to myra (the backslash prevents an
       accidental aliasing loop), and also sends a copy of the message to  the
       vacation program.

       For security reasons, the file must be owned by the user or by root and
       it should be writable only by the file owner.  In  addition,  the  file
       must be readable by the owner (myra) or root.

       On  traditional	systems, only the $HOME/.forward file is checked.  The
       sendmail.v8 program allows the use of the system-wide forwarding direcā€
       tory  /var/adm/forward.	 By  default,  this directory is checked for a
       forward file prior to examining the users $HOME directory.

       System-wide forwarding file.  The per-user forwarding file.

       The sendmail command can hang trying to read the user's	$HOME/.forward
       file.   If  the	user's	home  directory is NFS-mounted and temporarily
       unavailable, sendmail will stall until the directory becomes  available
       again.	The  use  of non-NFS mounted directories for the forwarding of
       files is recommended.

       The use of /var/adm/forward is supported only by sendmail.v8.

       The actual path for /var/adm/forward is configurable in the

       Incorrect file permissions/ownership are quietly ignored.

       It  is  easy  to	 create	 an  accidental	 loop,	for example, on host_a
       myra@host_b and on host_b myra@host_a

       Commands:  aliases(4),, sendmail(8) delim off


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