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1 Shoaibi June 4, 2009 at 10:24 am

hmmm, nice…

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2 noneck June 8, 2009 at 11:27 pm

You could also leave the original address to keep a copy locally before forwarding, or have multiple email addresses seperated by commas.

vivek@cyberciti.com vivek@cyberciti.com, vivek@nixcraft.co.in

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3 Gopal August 13, 2009 at 9:13 am
4 Mohammad Mateen October 30, 2009 at 8:46 pm

How i can get this functionality ?
—————————————————-
Directory: /home/logmon Shell: /bin/bash
Never logged in.
Mail forwarded to “|/usr/local/bin/logmon.sh”
No mail.
No Plan.
—————————————————-

Plz help

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5 Mohammad Mateen October 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

In simple words i want to forward a shell user email to some script

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6 abi June 1, 2010 at 5:38 am

Hi,

I have added the lines as per said and is working fine. Now i want remove the forwarding, so i removed the added lines and restarted the postfix. But still the script is running. can u tell a solution to fix it?

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7 Anatoliy September 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

Possible you forget about

postmap /etc/postfix/virtual

after changes to the virtual config

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8 David September 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I found a link with plenty of information on how to setup email forwarding on Ubuntu

Forward All incoming email to single address

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9 William October 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Muchas Gracias!

Even though it is old, it worked perfectly for me – tip if you never used postfix: set the mailname to something useful or google will reject the emails.

William

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10 Frank June 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

can you specify this? How to set mailname?
I found gmail is rejecting the forwarded email.

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11 Manuel December 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

Hi,

how can u configure postfix to send EVERY E-Mail to exactly ONE User on your machine?

for example:

I create a user “mailarchiv”.

Every mail which goes to the Server “mail-05″ should be saved in the Mailbox of “mailarchiv”.

Can u give me a hint?

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12 SAS January 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

You had it there, didn’t you?

@yourdomain.com mailarchiv@yourdomain.com

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13 A little help September 15, 2012 at 3:41 am

Here’s a little extra info that might help someone. I was going nuts looking for a way to forward any number of aliases to a single user based on regex. It’s similar to what this faq suggests and very easy, and it can be used for local and remote fowarding. Here’s the whole thing:

1) Add a user (this will be your catch-all): useradd tiger

2) Open your postfix config: vi /etc/postfix/main.cf

3) Add the following to the bottom of the file:
virtual_alias_domains=/etc/postfix/virtual_config/virtual_alias_domains
virtual_alias_maps=regexp:/etc/postfix/virtual_config/virtual_alias_maps

4) Create the virtual_config path: mkdir /etc/postfix/virtual_config

5) Open the alias domains file: vi /etc/postfix/virtual_config/virtual_alias_domains

6) Add all domains for which you wish to allow relays/forwarding to virtual_alias_domains file. Add one domain per line. For example, /etc/postfix/virtual_config/virtual_alias_domains:
example.com
anything.com

7) Open your alias maps file: vi /etc/postfix/virtual_config/virtual_alias_maps

8) Add in your regex aliasing:
/^troy@/
tiger
me@gmail.com

9) Restart postfix (note: reload doesn’t always do what you want. Just restart): service postfix restart

After that, all mail sent to your server and addressed to troy@example.com or troy@anything.com will be forwarded to the user tiger on the local machine AND to me@gmail.com

I hope that saves someone some looking.

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14 KV November 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm

How can i forward from subdomain to main domian.

Ex: all email from subdomain @mail.maindomain.com to mail@maindomain.com

Thanks,

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15 tony May 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I did this, precisely as described, and now all mail to my server is rejected.

cat /etc/postfix/virtual
tony@tonybaldwin.org tony@tonybaldwin.info
tony@tonybaldwin.me tony@tonybaldwin.info
tony@tonyb.us tony@tonybaldwin.info

can’t get mail to any of the .org, .me, or .us, and can’t even get mail to the .info address.
All of these addresses were working before I did this.
Clearly, I want to send them all to one address, the .info address,
but now nothing gets through at all.
This is on Debian Squeeze, if relevant.

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16 tony May 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Also, blanking the virtual file and restarting postfix doesn’t put it back to working properly, either.
Following your instructions has hosed my mail server completely.
The e-mail addresses mentioned above are all in the mail db (mysql).
You do not mention whether this is relevant or not.
I was using them all as distinct mail address, and they were working, and I want to forward them all to one, now.
But if I can’t do that, at the very least, I’d like them to work as they before.
Currently none of them are working.

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17 tony May 8, 2013 at 3:27 pm

well, I seem to have got it working as it was again.
I had to empty the /etc/postfix/virtual,
remove the virtual_alias_domains line in my main.cnf
I ran sudo newaliases
and reloaded postfix
and it’s back to the previous “normal” state.
Clearly I’ll have to seek how to forward my mail properly elsewhere.

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18 Jeroen January 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Hi,
thank you for this nice tutorial. I have been able to set up postfix, but the mails don’t go through.
I have made a catch all for my domain myvps.be to my email address. I am trying to send mails to smurf@myvps.be but they don’t appear in my mailbox.

This is the log I get when I send a mail: http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=qQbKx2UL
I have replaced my own email address with ***MYMAIL*** for security reasons.

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19 Eduardo Mozart de Oliveira February 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm

There is really useful comments here and the post was amazing, thanks!
If you followed the post, but still are not receiving e-mails, there is 2 things to check:

Try running “postconf -n” in the terminal and check for both options that you set in main.cf (virtual_alias_domains and virtual_alias_maps)

I checked that and it was still ok. But redirecting was not working.

So, reading the postfix log (/var/log/mail.info) i see a warning:
do not set mydestination and virtual_alias_domains the same. So, I edited mydestination and removed the domain and now it works.

Before:
mydestination = smtp.transjosp.com.br, transjosp.com.br

After:
mydestination = smtp.transjosp.com.br

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20 Eduardo Mozart de Oliveira February 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Just another note:
In /etc/postfix/virtual file, separate e-mails by space (not tabs).
test@test.com test@gmail.com

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21 Arthur November 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

how do i now disable the forwading of mails from my domain(@snl.com) to another (@yahoo.com)domain? I activated it, now i no longer want to receive the mails in my yahoo account…

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