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Re: forward files not in $HOME
> in order to avoid mounting each an every homedirectory (they are widely
> distributed in our environment) on every mail delivery, we have forward
> files in /var/spool/mail/forward/username, not in ~/.forward. To make it
> a bit easier to configure this, I've made a patch for aliases.cf. This
> does correct some other errors, too.
> The patch is attached, hope you find it useful.
I did find it interesting, but not QUITE flexible enough
to make into the main source as is.
How about a scheme of style:
# (in initialization phase)
if [ -d $MAILBOX/forward ] ; then
# --- in processing phase
if [ $fwdbydir ] ; then
This could make more sense...
Your scheme has another shortcoming. If the users are
using some programs to process their incoming email,
they will get surprises when their $HOME/ is not
available to those programs (like for .procmailrc),
never mind where the ".forward" file resides.
But yes, as long as the deliveries are done without such
trickery, the idea of $MAILBOX/forward/ directory is
neat -- until you have user whose userid is "forward" :-/
( Start the name with a dot ? $MAILBOX/.forward/ ? )
> Greetings, Swen
/Matti Aarnio <firstname.lastname@example.org>