relocated - Postfix relocated table format
The optional relocated(5) table provides the information that is used
in "user has moved to new_location" bounce messages.
Normally, the relocated(5) table is specified as a text file that
serves as input to the postmap(1) command. The result, an indexed file
in dbm or db format, is used for fast searching by the mail system.
Execute the command "postmap /etc/postfix/relocated" to rebuild an
indexed file after changing the corresponding relocated table.
When the table is provided via other means such as NIS, LDAP or SQL,
the same lookups are done as for ordinary indexed files.
Alternatively, the table can be provided as a regular-expression map
where patterns are given as regular expressions, or lookups can be
directed to TCP-based server. In those case, the lookups are done in a
slightly different way as described below under "REGULAR EXPRESSION
TABLES" or "TCP-BASED TABLES".
Table lookups are case insensitive.
The search string is folded to lowercase before database lookup. As of
Postfix 2.3, the search string is not case folded with database types
such as regexp: or pcre: whose lookup fields can match both upper and
The input format for the postmap(1) command is as follows:
· An entry has one of the following form:
Where new_location specifies contact information such as an
email address, or perhaps a street address or telephone number.
· Empty lines and whitespace-only lines are ignored, as are lines
whose first non-whitespace character is a ‘#’.
· A logical line starts with non-whitespace text. A line that
starts with whitespace continues a logical line.
TABLE SEARCH ORDER
With lookups from indexed files such as DB or DBM, or from networked
tables such as NIS, LDAP or SQL, patterns are tried in the order as
Matches user@domain. This form has precedence over all other
user Matches user@site when site is $myorigin, when site is listed in
$mydestination, or when site is listed in $inet_interfaces or
Matches other addresses in domain. This form has the lowest
When a mail address localpart contains the optional recipient delimiter
(e.g., user+foo@domain), the lookup order becomes: user+foo@domain,
user@domain, user+foo, user, and @domain.
REGULAR EXPRESSION TABLES
This section describes how the table lookups change when the table is
given in the form of regular expressions or when lookups are directed
to a TCP-based server. For a description of regular expression lookup
table syntax, see regexp_table(5) or pcre_table(5). For a description
of the TCP client/server table lookup protocol, see tcp_table(5). This
feature is not available up to and including Postfix version 2.4.
Each pattern is a regular expression that is applied to the entire
address being looked up. Thus, user@domain mail addresses are not
broken up into their user and @domain constituent parts, nor is
user+foo broken up into user and foo.
Patterns are applied in the order as specified in the table, until a
pattern is found that matches the search string.
Results are the same as with indexed file lookups, with the additional
feature that parenthesized substrings from the pattern can be
interpolated as $1, $2 and so on.
This section describes how the table lookups change when lookups are
directed to a TCP-based server. For a description of the TCP
client/server lookup protocol, see tcp_table(5). This feature is not
available up to and including Postfix version 2.4.
Each lookup operation uses the entire address once. Thus, user@domain
mail addresses are not broken up into their user and @domain
constituent parts, nor is user+foo broken up into user and foo.
Results are the same as with indexed file lookups.
The table format does not understand quoting conventions.
The following main.cf parameters are especially relevant. The text
below provides only a parameter summary. See postconf(5) for more
details including examples.
List of lookup tables for relocated users or sites.
Other parameters of interest:
The network interface addresses that this system receives mail
on. You need to stop and start Postfix when this parameter
List of domains that this mail system considers local.
The domain that is appended to locally-posted mail.
Other interfaces that this machine receives mail on by way of a
proxy agent or network address translator.
trivial-rewrite(8), address resolver
postmap(1), Postfix lookup table manager
postconf(5), configuration parameters
Use "postconf readme_directory" or "postconf html_directory" to locate
DATABASE_README, Postfix lookup table overview
ADDRESS_REWRITING_README, address rewriting guide
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