[CentOS] send existing root email to another user

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Dec 1 14:16:00 UTC 2009


Mathew S. McCarrell wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM, Lists <lists at rheel.co.nz 
> <mailto:lists at rheel.co.nz>> wrote:
>
>     Hi all,
>
>     I'm running Centos 5.4
>     I have a pile of emails in my root users /var/spool/mail/root file
>     I need to send this all to another address (preferrably external but
>     local would possibly do)
>
>     I have searched a lot but can't find any way to do this. I have set it
>     so future emails get forwarded to my external address but I also
>     need to
>     shift the existing emails.
>
>
> Kate,
>
> You need to modify /etc/aliases to have something like:
>
> root:          user at gmail.com <mailto:user at gmail.com>
>
>
> You should then run /usr/bin/newaliases to make these changes active||.

An alternative is to create the file:  /root/.forward with the one line:

user at domain

I don't know which of these approaches is more efficient.  With the 
.forward, the change takes effect immediately.

>
> Matt
>
> --
> Mathew S. McCarrell
> Clarkson University '10
>
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