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Old 10-22-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
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Question Vacation + Sendmail + Cyrus - Strange bounce error


I've tried to set up Vacation on my Linux box... The box runs Sendmail with Cyrus IMAP.

It works as far as creating .forward files and the rest, but when I send a letter to a user who's on "vacation", I have the following error message bounced back to me in email:

The original message was received at Wed, 22 Oct 2008 09:36:56 -0500

   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
|/usr/bin/vacation user_on_vacation
    (reason: 550 5.1.1 User unknown)
    (expanded from: <>)

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
550 5.1.1 /home/user_on_vacation/.forward: line 1: |/usr/bin/vacation user_on_vacation...
User unknown
I don't understand. I did everything according to what I remembered from earlier, but it seems that sendmail treats the vacation program referenced in the .forward file as a user, and not as a command... At least this is what it seems like.

Any ideas would be helpful at this point.

Thanks a bunch!
Old 09-07-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
Sanford Stein
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Having same problem

I'd like to resurrect this thread in the hopes of getting instructions on how to set up a vacation reply message on a Red Hat 5.5 system using sendmail and cyrus-imap (but NOT postfix, sieve, or dovecot).

Is it possible and, if so, how?

Sanford Stein
CyberTools Inc.


cyrus, sendmail, vacation

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