Automatically return a mail message to the sender announcing that you are on vacation. Solaris version, for use with sendmail
. (The SVR4 version is described in Appendix B
with no options to initialize the vacation mechanism. The process performs several steps.
Create a .forward
file in your home directory. The .forward
, "|/usr/bin/vacation user
is your login name. The action of this file is to actually deliver the mail to user
(i.e., you), and to run the incoming mail through vacation
Create the .vacation.pag
files. These files keep track of who has sent you messages, so that they only receive one "I'm on vacation" message from you per week.
Start an editor to edit the contents of .vacation.msg
. The contents of this file are mailed back to whoever sends you mail. Within its body,
is replaced with the contents of the incoming message's
Remove or rename the .forward
file to disable vacation processing.
options are used within a .forward
file; see the Example.
Mail addressed to alias
is actually mail for the user
and should produce an automatic reply.
Reinitialize the .vacation.pag
files. Use this right before leaving for your next vacation.
Do not verify that user
appears in the
By default, no more than one message per week is sent to any sender. This option changes that interval. interval
is a number with a trailing
indicating seconds, minutes, hours, days, or weeks, respectively.
Send no more than one reply every three weeks to any given sender:
\jp, "|/usr/bin/vacation -t3w jp"
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (J. Programmer, via the vacation program)
Subject: I'm out of the office ...
Hi. I'm off on a well-deserved vacation after finishing
up whizprog 1.0. I will read and reply to your mail
regarding "$SUBJECT" when I return.
Have a nice day.