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       masqmail.aliases - masqmail alias file format


       This  man  page  describes  the  format of the masqmail alias file.  Its usual location is


       The alias file consists of lines of the form: local_part: item1, item2, ...  Items can  be
       surrounded  by  double  quotes  `"'.   If within the quotes other quotes are needed for an
       address they can be escaped with a leading backslash `\'.

       A leading backslash `\' indicates that this address shall not be further expanded.

       A leading pipe symbol `|' indicates that the item shall be treated as a pipe command.  The
       content  of  the  message  will  then  be  sent to the standard input of the command.  The
       command will run under the user id and group id masqmail is running  as.   If  quotes  are
       needed, the pipe symbol must appear within the quotes.

       Loops will be detected, the offending address will be ignored.

       Aliases will be expanded at delivery time.  This means that if there is a message still in
       the queue and you change any alias which matches  one  of  the  recipient  addresses,  the
       change will have effect next time a delivery is attemped.

       There  is  no  need  to  restart  masqmail or run any command when the alias file has been


       # postmaster is required by RFC 2821
       postmaster: root

       # forward abuse mail to another address

       # copy root's mail also to meillo
       root: \root, meillo

       # pass mail to a script
       foo: |/usr/bin/foo


       Masqmail  was  written  by  Oliver  Kurth.   It  is  now  maintained  by  Markus  Schnalke

       You  will  find the newest version of masqmail at  There
       is also a mailing list, you will find information about it at masqmail's main site.


       Please report bugs to the mailing list.


       masqmail.conf(5), masqmail(8),