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aliases - aliases file for sendmail
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.
newaliases(1), dbm(3X), sendmail(8)
SENDMAIL Installation and Operation Guide.
SENDMAIL An Internetwork Mail Router.
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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