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NAME

     forward — email forwarding information file

DESCRIPTION

     Users may put a .forward file in their home directory.  If this file exists, smtpd(8)
     forwards email to the destinations specified therein.

     A .forward file contains a list of expansion values, as described in aliases(5).  Each
     expansion value should be on a line by itself.  However, the .forward mechanism differs from
     the aliases mechanism in that it disallows file inclusion (:include:) and it performs
     expansion under the user ID of the .forward file owner.

     Permissions on the .forward file are very strict and expansion is rejected if the file is
     group or world-writable; if the home directory is group writeable; or if the file is not
     owned by the user.

     Users should avoid editing directly the .forward file to prevent delivery failures from
     occurring if a message arrives while the file is not fully written.  The best option is to
     use a temporary file and use the mv(1) command to atomically overwrite the former .forward.
     Alternatively, setting the sticky(8) bit on the home directory will cause the .forward
     lookup to return a temporary failure, causing mails to be deferred.

FILES

     ~/.forward     Email forwarding information.

EXAMPLES

     The following file forwards mail to “user@example.com”, and pipes the same mail to
     “examplemda”.

           # empty lines are ignored

           user@example.com        # anything after # is ignored
           "|/path/to/examplemda"

SEE ALSO

     aliases(5), smtpd(8)