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       masqmail.aliases - masqmail alias file format


       This  man  page  describes  the format of the masqmail alias file.  Its
       usual location is /etc/aliases.


       The alias file consists of lines of the form: local_part: item1, item2,
       ...   Items  can  be  surrounded  by  double quotes `"'.  If within the
       quotes other quotes are needed for an address they can be escaped  with
       a leading backslash `\'.

       A  leading  backslash  `\'  indicates  that  this  address shall not be
       further expanded.

       A leading pipe symbol `|' indicates that the item shall be treated as a
       pipe  command.   The  content  of  the message will then be sent to the
       standard input of a command.  The command will run under  the  user  id
       and  group  id  masqmail is running as.  If quotes are needed, the pipe
       symbol must appear within the quotes.

       Loops will be detected, the offending address will be ignored.

       Aliases will be expanded at delivery time.  This means that if there is
       a message still in the queue and you change any alias which matches one
       of the recipient addresses, the change will have  effect  next  time  a
       delivery is attemped.

       There  is no need to restart masqmail or run any command when the alias
       file has been changed.


       Masqmail was written by Oliver Kurth.  It is now maintained  by  Markus
       Schnalke <>.

       You    will    find    the    newest    version    of    masqmail    at  There is also a  mailing  list,  you
       will find information about it at masqmail's main site.


       Please report bugs to the mailing list.


       masqmail.conf(5), masqmail(8),