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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for forward (netbsd section 5)

FORWARD(5)			     BSD File Formats Manual			       FORWARD(5)

NAME
     forward -- mail forwarding instructions

DESCRIPTION
     The .forward file contains a list of mail addresses or programs that the user's mail should
     be redirected to.	If the file is not present, then no mail forwarding will be done.  Mail
     may also be forwarded as the standard input to a program by prefixing the line with the nor-
     mal shell pipe symbol (|).  If arguments are to be passed to the command, then the entire
     line should be enclosed in quotes.  For security reasons, the .forward file must be owned by
     the user the mail is being sent to, or by root, and the user's shell must be listed in
     /etc/shells.

     For example, if a .forward file contained the following lines:

	   nobody@NetBSD.org
	   "|/usr/bin/vacation nobody"

     Mail would be forwarded to <nobody@NetBSD.org> and to the program /usr/bin/vacation with the
     single argument nobody.

     If a local user address is prefixed with a backslash character, mail is delivered directly
     to the user's mail spool file, bypassing further redirection.

     For example, if user chris had a .forward file containing the following lines:

	   chris@otherhost
	   \chris

     One copy of mail would be forwarded to chris@otherhost and another copy would be retained as
     mail for local user chris.

FILES
     $HOME/.forward  The user's forwarding instructions.

SEE ALSO
     aliases(5), mailaddr(7), sendmail(8)

BSD					   July 2, 1996 				      BSD


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