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FORWARD(5)		  FreeBSD File Formats Manual		    FORWARD(5)

NAME
     forward --	mail forwarding	instructions

DESCRIPTION
     The .forward file contains	a list of mail addresses or programs that the
     user's mail should	be redirected to.  If the file is not present, then no
     mail forwarding will be done.  Mail may also be forwarded as the standard
     input to a	program	by prefixing the line with the normal shell pipe sym-
     bol (|).  If arguments are	to be passed to	the command, then the entire
     line should be enclosed in	quotes.	 For security reasons, the .forward
     file must be owned	by the user the	mail is	being sent to, or by root, and
     the user's	shell must be listed in	/etc/shells.

     For example, if a .forward	file contained the following lines:

	   nobody@FreeBSD.org
	   "|/usr/bin/vacation nobody"

     Mail would	be forwarded to	<nobody@FreeBSD.org> and to the	program
     /usr/bin/vacation with the	single argument	nobody.

     If	a local	user address is	prefixed with a	backslash character, mail is
     delivered directly	to the user's mail spool file, bypassing further redi-
     rection.

     For example, if user chris	had a .forward file containing the following
     lines:

	   chris@otherhost
	   \chris

     One copy of mail would be forwarded to chris@otherhost and	another	copy
     would be retained as mail for local user chris.

FILES
     $HOME/.forward  The user's	forwarding instructions.

SEE ALSO
     aliases(5), mailaddr(7), sendmail(8)

FreeBSD	9.2			 July 2, 1996			   FreeBSD 9.2

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