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Re: "vacation" undocumented feature

On Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 02:49:27PM -0600, Roy Bixler wrote:
> No, it's not a bug but just a surprise.  I've recently discovered that
> the "vacation" program only works by default if mail messages are sent
> to a "real" user address and that it does not work if a message is
> sent to an alias which resolves to a user with a vacation message
> enabled.  I could not find anything about this in the "man" page, but
> inspection of the source code gave me a clue that the "-a alias"
> option would work around this issue.  Is my understanding correct?
> If so, then it seems like a simple documentation patch would be in
> order.

Yes, that vacation thingie is quite surprising.

It replies only, when it sees "recipient identity" in visible
To/Cc headers addresses -- and only the 'local part' in those.
The '-a' option gives alternate local parts that are responded on.

It is also quite direct lift from  sendmail/BSD source.

> -- 
> Roy Bixler <rcb@ucp.uchicago.edu>
> The University of Chicago Press

/Matti Aarnio	<mea@nic.funet.fi>
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