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ALIASES(5)									       ALIASES(5)

NAME
       aliases - aliases file for sendmail

SYNOPSIS
       /etc/aliases

DESCRIPTION
       This  file  describes  user  id	aliases used by /usr/sbin/sendmail.  It is formatted as a
       series of lines of the form
	    name: name_1, name2, name_3, . . .
       The name is the name to alias, and the name_n are the aliases for that name.  Lines begin-
       ning with white space are continuation lines.  Lines beginning with `#' are comments.

       Aliasing  occurs  only on local names.  Loops can not occur, since no message will be sent
       to any person more than once.

       After aliasing has been done, local and valid recipients who have a ``.forward''  file  in
       their home directory have messages forwarded to the list of users defined in that file.

       This  is  only  the raw data file; the actual aliasing information is placed into a binary
       format in the files /etc/aliases.dir and /etc/aliases.pag using the program newaliases(1).
       A  newaliases  command  should  be  executed each time the aliases file is changed for the
       change to take effect.

SEE  ALSO
       newaliases(1), dbm(3X), sendmail(8)
       SENDMAIL Installation and Operation Guide.
       SENDMAIL An Internetwork Mail Router.

BUGS
       Because of restrictions in dbm(3X) a single alias cannot  contain  more	than  about  1000
       bytes  of information.  You can get longer aliases by ``chaining''; that is, make the last
       name in the alias be a dummy name which is a continuation alias.

4th Berkeley Distribution		 October 22, 1996			       ALIASES(5)
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