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mailer.conf - configuration file for mailwrapper(8)



      mailer.conf - configuration file for mailwrapper(8)


      The file /etc/mail/mailer.conf contains a series of lines of the form
      name program [arguments ...]
      The first word of each line is the name of a program invoking
      mailwrapper(8).  (For example, on a typical system /usr/sbin/sendmail
      would be a symbolic link to mailwrapper(8), as would newaliases(1) and
      mailq(1).  Thus, name might be “sendmail” or “newaliases” etc.)
      The second word of each line is the name of the program to actually exe‐
      cute when the first name is invoked.
      The further arguments, if any, are passed to the program, followed by the
      arguments mailwrapper(8) was called with.
      The file may also contain comment lines, denoted by a ‘#’ mark in the
      first column of any line.




      This example shows how to set up mailer.conf to invoke the traditional
      sendmail(8) program:
            # Execute the "real" sendmail program located in
            # /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
            sendmail        /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
            send-mail       /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
            mailq           /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
            newaliases      /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
      This example shows how to invoke a sendmail-workalike like Postfix in
      place of sendmail(8):
            # Emulate sendmail using postfix
            sendmail        /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
            send-mail       /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
            mailq           /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
            newaliases      /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
      This example shows the use of the mini_sendmail package from ports in
      place of sendmail(8).  Note the use of additional arguments.
            # Send outgoing mail to a smart relay using mini_sendmail
            sendmail        /usr/local/bin/mini_sendmail -srelayhost
            send-mail       /usr/local/bin/mini_sendmail -srelayhost
      mail(1), mailq(1), newaliases(1), mailwrapper(8), sendmail(8)
      postfix(1) (ports/mail/postfix), mini_sendmail(8)


      mailer.conf appeared in NetBSD 1.4.


      Perry E. Metzger 〈〉


      The entire reason this program exists is a crock.  Instead, a command for
      how to submit mail should be standardized, and all the "behave differ‐
      ently if invoked with a different name" behavior of things like mailq(1)
      should go away.


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