Provided by: smail_188.8.131.52-7_i386
mkaliases - build the aliases database for smail from the ASCII source
Mkaliases reads the ASCII source file for an aliases database and
builds the aliases database according to the configuration information
in /build/buildd/smail-184.108.40.206/conf/EDITME. Run this program
whenever changes have been made to the ASCII source file. If this
program is not used, smail may not notice the changes that have been
made. /usr/sbin/newaliases is another name for the mkaliases program
and is retained for compatibility with BSD sendmail(8) configurations.
The aliases database can be in a dbm(3X) database, a sorted text file,
or a plain text file. In the latter case, the ASCII source file
doubles as the database file. In the case of an aliases database
accessed through the Sun YP service, mkdbm(8) or the sun makedbm(8)
program must be used to build the YP database. See the Smail
Administration Guide (as yet unwritten) for more information on
interfacing smail to the YP service.
The mkline(8) program, distributed with smail, is used to remove
comments and regularize the aliases file. Then, for sorted databases,
the mksort(8) program, with the -f option, is used to create the sorted
database. For dbm databases, the mkdbm(8) program, again with the -f
option, is used to create the database. In either case, care is taken
to ensure that smail never uses a truncated or partially built
database. For plain text databases, a summary of the contents is
displayed, but no changes are actually made. If the aliases file is
accessed through the YP service, a messages is displayed stating this
and no changes are actually made.
/etc/aliases The name of the aliases database. This is a plain text
The file giving the default configuration for smail.
mkline(8), mksort(8), mkdbm(8), smail(5), smail(8), ypclnt(3), and
Copyright (C) 1987, 1988 Ronald S. Karr and Landon Curt Noll
Copyright (C) 1992 Ronald S. Karr
See a file COPYING, distributed with the source code, or type smail
-bc, to view distribution rights and restrictions associated with this