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Linux Mail Forwarding

If you want to forward mail on a linux machine that you happen to have an account on, follow these simple steps.

touch ~/.forward
chmod 644 ~/.forward
vi ~/.forward

Contents of ~/.forward should be a comma or newline separated list of email addresses to forward mail to.  The following are correctly formatted: .forward files and a brief description of each.

Forward all local email to email@example.com:

email@example.com

Forward all local email to both email@example.com and alternate@domain.com:

email@example.com, alternate@domain.com

Use the local mail spool, keep a copy in the user’s ~/archive/mail file, and forward a copy to email@example.com:

\user, "/home/user/archive/mail", email@example.com

The permissions of the .forward file must be read-only for group and other. Failure to secure your .forward file will cause sendmail to ignore its existence.

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