[CentOS] Complex sendmail alias handling.

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 21:21:53 UTC 2007

Hugh E Cruickshank wrote:
> From: John Plemons Sent: March 23, 2007 12:28
>> OK, why not just add a couple more scripts to the cron job you have 
>> now.  One for 0600 to 0800 aliases, then run the 0800 to 1600 version, 
>> then next 1600 to 1800 version, but you should still be able to do it
>> in 
>> the same manor you are handling it in already...  Adding 2 more support 
>> files should get it done, just use cron to make live as needed...
> Yes I know I can do that (and probably will for now) but it not quite
> as simple as adding 2 new files. All the work schedules do not coincide
> with each other which means I will probably be adding 4 or more files
> to the mix and more crontab entries as well. When you consider adding
> more people or having them change shifts for some reason it gets even 
> worse. The more complex the setup the less flexible and the more likely
> there will be errors.
> I really thought there might be soemthing out there like what I need.

I usually handle group addresses as :include: files in sendmail aliases 
just to make them easier to edit and avoid the need to rebuild the 
aliases db after changes.  All you need is a program to generate the 
right list at the right times into a tmp name on the same file system, 
then mv's to the included name for an atomic cutover.  You are better 
off keeping that logic separate from anything else.  In fact it doesn't 
even have to be logical if you put copies of the files where the 
appropriate shift supervisor or equivalent can edit them.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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