Re: default destination in exim?

From: Paul Johnson (
Date: 02/17/04

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    Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 12:14:54 -0800

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    On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 10:37:36AM -0700, Monique Y. Herman wrote:
    > Is it possible to configure the /etc/aliases file such that any alias
    > that is not explicitly correlated to a local user is sent to some user
    > by default? If so, how, or where is it documented?

    Not easily, and this is a Good Thing(tm).

    > In other words, if someone emails a non-existent user on the system, I
    > want that mail to go to a specific place every time.

    Trust me when I say this: You don't. You will only see an increase
    in spam and virus reception if you do this. Why? Well, both spammers
    and the worms coming from members of the Bug of the Week Club will
    tend to just guess email addresses or try sending to message-IDs it
    finds in mailing list and news archives. So all that junk for
    nonexistent users will get through. Judging by my mail server logs,
    these run between 2:1 to 3:1 on the junk:mail ratio.

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