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For example, you can forward all messages sent to billing@yourdomain, sales, and marketing all to the same address: tom@yourdomain. That way, Tom will handle those email messages accordingly without having to check each of those accounts separately.

Most web-based control panels have support for mail forwarding built into them. If, for some reason, you do not have that option, you can create forwards manually. To forward email from one address to another, use email aliases. To create aliases, edit the /etc/aliases file and add lines like the following:

billing: tom

That will forward all mail sent to “billing” to “tom”. Once you have created your alises, save the aliases file and run: “newaliases” from the command line.

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Catchall Email Addresses https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1293/catchall-email-addresses/ Mon, 10 May 2010 19:16:03 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/1292/catchall-email-addresses/ Spam in Gmail
In the world of web hosting, email addresses can either be real or aliases. A real email address is connected to a mailbox on the mail server. That mailbox will hold any messages sent to the address in queue, awaiting the user to either download it or access it from the Web. An alias is an email address that only holds the appearance of a real account. In reality, any messages sent to it will actually be forwarded elsewhere.

Some websites, particularly those owned by organizations or companies, may use a catchall feature on their mail server. Rather than create an email address for several departments, they may create five and have all other inquiries forwarded to a single address. For example, billing@domain.tld, finance@domain.tld, and stocks@domain.tld may all be handled by the same department. Rather than have an alias for each, the catchall for that domain could point to billing. This can also be useful for catching typos.

There are drawbacks to catchall email settings. Since any email address that does not have a valid mailbox will be accepted and forwarded to the specified account, your account might receive more spam. Some spam bots will seek out keywords like “admin” and “support” and automatically send spam to accounts on your domain with those prefixes. Individual website owners and small organizations will probably not see the benefits of catching extra spam.

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Email aliases file in Linux https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/622/email-aliases-file-in-linux/ Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:26:34 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/622/email-aliases-file-in-linux/ monkey reading your email
Question: How do I manually setup email aliases in Linux?

Answer: Generally speaking, there is probably no reason for you to modify your aliases file manually. In some cases, however, a script will require you to edit the file, and it is important to know where it is and how to access it.

On a dedicated server, the Sendmail or Postfix aliases file is almost always located in /etc/mail/aliases. To edit the file, you can use vi or my preference, nano.

$ su

# vi /etc/aliases
or
# nano -w /etc/aliases

The aliases file is rather simple to use. It is presented in columns with the aliases on the left and the file or mailbox that it points to on the right.

For example,

billing: callcenter

You must edit the file as root and then run the following command also as root:

# newaliases

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Email forwarding, aliases and autoresponders https://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/225/email-forwarding-aliases-and-autoresponders/ Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:47:20 +0000 http://www.internetblog.org.uk/post/224/email-forwarding-aliases-and-autoresponders/ Lots of messages
Three common email services that a good web host offers to its clients are: forwarding, aliases and autoresponders. All three can be very useful for both individuals and organizations. Forwarding allows the user to keep his current email account, possibly on another domain, and redirect emails coming to a new email address on the new domain. For example, he could forward his johndoe@newdomain.com to his johndoe@gmail.com.

Aliases function similarly to forwarding but within the domain itself. For example, if a user sets up a fully functioning email account for johndoe@newdomain.com but also wants support@, sales@ and billing@newdomain.com to all point back to johndoe, aliases allow him to accomplish that. With aliases, it is even possible to point an email address to a script, which is useful for batch mail processing or mailing list servers.

An autoresponder is exactly what the name says it is. Whenever someone emails a certain address that has been attached to an autoresponder, the sender will receive an automated message in return. Some people refer to these as vacation autoresponders, as it is common for business workers to use them when they will be away from their offices for extended periods of time. It can, however, have other uses, such as sending an automated message to a customer letting her know that her business is appreciated. It is also useful if you anticipate taking a long time to actually respond.

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