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Old 07-15-2005, 06:32 AM   #1
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Spamassassin and procmail

Hi all,

I have a mail server using Linux Mandrake 10.1. The server uses mbox style mailbox format (UW-IMAPD) and i have about 100 users. I have setup spam detection system and antivirus in the system. It works quite well. One thing confuses me. Do i need to setup .forward file? What is the purpose of this file. I haven't setup one and it works. Is there any problem later on would happen if I haven't.

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-16-2005, 12:21 AM   #2
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A .forward file is nothing more than forwards mail to another e-mail address that you stated. For example, if my .forward file contains:, that means that mail sent to me will be forwarded to If you need forwarding, then place the .forward file in your home directory. If you don't have one, it doesn't hurt anything.

Old 07-16-2005, 06:40 AM   #3
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thanks dude. Now i got it. But usually it contains something like
| /usr/bin/procmail
This indicates that the mail will be forwarded to procmail to be processed. Many things can be done with .forward file. Thanks dude.


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