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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for mailer.conf (netbsd section 5)

MAILER.CONF(5)			     BSD File Formats Manual			   MAILER.CONF(5)

     mailer.conf -- configuration file for mailwrapper(8)

     The file /etc/mailer.conf contains a series of lines of the form

     name program [arguments ...]

     The first word of each line is the name of a program invoking mailwrapper(8).  (For example,
     on a typical system /usr/sbin/sendmail would be a symbolic link to mailwrapper(8), as would
     newaliases(1) and mailq(1).  Thus, name might be ``sendmail'' or ``newaliases'' etc.)

     The second word of each line is the name of the program to actually execute when the first
     name is invoked.

     The further arguments, if any, are passed to the program, followed by the arguments
     mailwrapper(8) was called with.

     The file may also contain comment lines, denoted by a '#' mark in the first column of any

     The default mailer is postfix(1), which will also start by default (unless specifically dis-
     abled via an rc.conf(5) setting) so that locally generated mail can be delivered, if the
     ``sendmail'' setting in /etc/mailer.conf is set to ``/usr/libexec/postfix/sendmail''.


     This example shows how to set up mailer.conf to invoke the postfix(1) program:

	   sendmail	   /usr/libexec/postfix/sendmail
	   mailq	   /usr/libexec/postfix/sendmail
	   newaliases	   /usr/libexec/postfix/sendmail

     This example shows the use of the mini-sendmail package from pkgsrc in place of postfix(1):

	   # Send outgoing mail to a smart relay using mini-sendmail
	   sendmail	   /usr/pkg/sbin/mini-sendmail -srelayhost
	   send-mail	   /usr/pkg/sbin/mini-sendmail -srelayhost

     Note the use of additional arguments.

     mail(1), mailq(1), newaliases(1), postfix(1), mailwrapper(8)

     pkgsrc/mail/sendmail, pkgsrc/mail/mini_sendmail

     mailer.conf appeared in NetBSD 1.4.

     Perry E. Metzger <perry@piermont.com>

     The entire reason this program exists is a crock.	Instead, a command for how to submit mail
     should be standardized, and all the ``behave differently if invoked with a different name''
     behavior of things like mailq(1) should go away.

BSD					  April 10, 2010				      BSD

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