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vacation - return ``I am on vacation'' indication
Vacation returns a message to the sender of a message telling that you are on vacation.
The intended use is in a .forward file. For example, your .forward file might have:
\eric, "|vacation eric"
which would send messages to you (assuming your login name was eric) and send a message
back to the sender.
Vacation expects a file .vacation.msg in your home directory containing a message to be
sent back to each sender. It should be an entire message (including headers). For exam-
ple, it might say:
From: eric@ucbmonet.Berkeley.EDU (Eric Allman)
Subject: I am on vacation
Delivered-By-The-Graces-Of: the Vacation program
I am on vacation until July 22. If you have something urgent,
please contact Joe Kalash <kalash@ucbingres.Berkeley.EDU>.
This message will only be sent once a week to each unique sender. The people who have
sent you messages are kept in the files .vacation.pag and .vacation.dir in your home
directory. The -I option initializes these files, and should be executed before you mod-
ify your .forward file.
If the -I flag is not specified, vacation reads the first line from the standard input for
a UNIX-style ``From'' line to determine the sender. If this is not present, a nasty diag-
nostic is produced. Sendmail(8) includes the ``From'' line automatically.
No message is sent if the initial ``From'' line includes the string ``-REQUEST@'' or if a
``Precedence: bulk'' or ``Precedence: junk'' line is included in the header.
4.3 Berkeley Distribution June 16, 1985 VACATION(1)
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