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E-mail forwarding help needed - copying catchall-bound mail to a separate address?

Discussion in 'Data Protection' started by parakeet, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. parakeet

    parakeet Registered

    Sep 18, 2006
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    I currently run my e-mail and website on a UK host, Transnexis, which uses Plesk. It's a personal account, I'm the sole user. I have been building out a redesign for the website on asmallorange at and hope to switch everything over to asmallorange when I'm ready. However, I may have encountered a snag with the prospect of migrating my e-mail service...

    (1) Currently, my old account is set up in such a way that the main e-mail account is and any e-mail sent to any username will be forwarded to this, no matter what it is; it's a catch-all. Whilst I user, I routinely give out specific variations like for tracing and spam monitoring etc. I understand I can achieve similar with asmallorange by setting up a "mail" account then using the "Default Address" section to ensure all unrouted mail (ie. is actually delivered to Can anyone confirm? My one concern here is that the account would then seem to be redundant; I'm never going to use it as a working email address but appear forced to keep it there, it will never get checked and will never get any mail unless correspondents guess the address form. I know setting up as that default catchall would effectively make it the primary address but is there any way to make it the actual primary adress, over and above

    (2) My old e-mail account is also set up to take every message incoming to any username and forward a copy to my Gmail account,, for backup (my machine was stolen last year and I'm sensitive to loss of data). The way asmallorange's cPanel seems to work is, the only ways to forward are....

    • Forwarding from individual usernames (ie. can forward to anything you choose). Problem here is, I want messages sent to that catchall to be forwarded - I want to sit back and let this happen, no matter what the used, and don't want to have to second-guess all the possible I might use in future or already have in circulation.
    • Domain-to-domain forwarding. Problem here is, if I set it up to forward anything received at to the corresponding user on gmail,, well that won't be me at all.
    • I've been in online chat with aso's support, who suggested email filtering as a third option. Problem here is, whilst I can set up a filter that passes anything with a to header containing "" along to a destination of, it's actually a redirection to a destination and not a forward - the message never gets even delivered to its intended real address at, which defeats the purpose. The only other thing I can think of is not to divert the triggered mail to a destination but to run it through some script that does the job (?).

    So how can I ensure that anything sent to (1) goes to and (2) gets copied to Any ideas please? Want to switch my custom over but don't want to lose out in the communication stakes.

    Newcomer-ish to cPanel here.

  2. kilroy

    kilroy Active Member

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    Are you doing this on a Cpanel system? You say you are using Plesk.

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