- Vacation explains the Vacation auto-reply tool available on most unix shells.
- Mail Tools page lets you turn vacation or forwarding on or off.
How to set up mail forwarding on your unix shell account (using firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Telnet (or dialin directly with a serial terminal program if that is possible) to your shell account.
- If you need telnet software, see: Macintosh.
- Windows: coming soon
- You will first need to tell your telnet application to connect you to example.com
- After being connected, you may have to hit return once or twice
- When it asks for your username, enter your username (me)
- When it asks for your password, enter your password (******)
- edit a file called .forward -- Pico is a user-friendly text editor. In order to do so, try typing (the $ just represents the prompt, don't type it):
$ pico .forward
- Put on the first line, without hitting enter, the email address you wish to have your mail forwarded to:
- If you wish to forward just to another user whose account is @example.com, you would just enter:
- If you wish to leave a copy for yourself, but also forward a message, be sure to put a backslash in front of your username so as to avoid infinite forwarding loops. Use a comma between addresses:
- To delete mail so that no one gets it:
- To delete mail and send an autoreply (see the vacation page for other requirements of sending autoreplies)
/dev/null, "|vacation andrew"
- Test it. (send a message to yourself, or have a friend do so)
- To turn off forwarding:
- Telnet to shell account and log in.
- delete the .forward file:
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