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I was just thinking that it would be very convenient to have system mail for root, sent to an external pop account. I've been looking online but haven't come up with much. Help much appreciated. I have exim4 installed by default (sid).
I found that the mailbox files are created at first email. I used:
mail -s "test mail" root </dev/null
to send a test mail to the user listed in /etc/aliases (root: basic_user and then changed it to root: root and resent the test). Now I have a "mail" file and a "basic_user" file which both received the test mail. With it set to "basic_user" I created a .forward file in /home/basic_user with my pop address: email@example.com
No mail was rceived by that external pop account. (yes the account works and receives other mail ;-)
Well, I tried to reconfigure but got bogged down in options that I wasn't exactly clear on. Not to say that you shouldn't give dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config a try, just hope you have better luck than I did. If you get it working, will you please post your results?