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receiving mail at postmaster@hostname.com

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussion' started by jamesbond, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. jamesbond

    jamesbond Well-Known Member

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    I noticed I wasn't receiving mail adressed to postmaster@hostname.com

    I checked the /etc/aliases file, which was empty.

    So i added the following line :

    postmaster: root


    It does work now, but what I was wondering is the following.

    Howcome mail adressed to nobody@hostname.com was being delivered and mail to postmaster@hostname.com wasn't ?

    The nobody alias must be configured somewhere else, since it is not present in the /etc/aliases file.
    So my question is, where is the nobody alias configured?
     
  2. howard

    howard Well-Known Member

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    if it was being delivered direct to the nobody inbox then it was likely being delivered since it was a vaild system user whereas exim needed to be told where to deliver the postmaster stuff if it wasn't defined elsewhere (in a domain alias file e.g. or the /etc/passwd file)
     
  3. jamesbond

    jamesbond Well-Known Member

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    Well yes nobody is a system user, but when I send a message to nobody@servername.com it is being forwarded just like mail addressed to root@servername.com

    There is no nobody inbox
    I have a .forward in /root
    But how does exim know how to forward the mail for nobody?

    I'm just curious to know how this works :)
     
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    Don't you have a .forward in / too?
     
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    jamesbond Well-Known Member

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    Yes indeed!

    So mail addressed to nobody gets forwarded by the /.forward then.
     
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