Managing mail with MMDF

Adding or removing a mail alias

To add a new alias or remove an existing one, start the Alias Administration Manager.

To add a new alias, select Add from the Aliases menu, and specify the alias name in the ``Name'' field. The name may not contain ``:'' or ``,'' characters. Type one or more alias member names in the ``Enter Name'' field and click on Add (or you can click on Select and choose each name from the list). Alias member names may be any valid user names or alias names. You must enter at least one alias member when adding a new alias.

NOTE: When using an alias to define another alias, be careful not to create an alias loop, where an alias member is another alias of which the original alias is also a member (for example, alias B is a member of alias A, and alias A is a member of alias B).

Maintaining alias members in a file

As an alternative to entering all alias or list members in the Alias Administration Manager Add Aliases window, you can maintain the list of members in a file, one member per line. When you add a new alias, in the Enter Name field, type:

The < indicates that the list of alias members are maintained in a file and filename is the location of the file. You can edit this file to modify the list of alias members.

Removing an alias

To remove an alias, start the Alias Administration Manager, click on the alias to be deleted, then select Remove from the Aliases menu.

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Bypassing aliases

Selecting ``Allow Bypass'' specifies that placing a tilde (~) before an address causes mail to be delivered to the literal address rather than to any aliases for that address. For example, suppose an alias called george exists, directing george's mail to a specific machine on the network:

If you select ``Allow Bypass'', you can send mail to george on the astoria machine by addressing it to:


You can send mail to george on the local machine by addressing it to:


If you do not select ``Allow Bypass'', entering the tilde character in front of a mail address has no effect and MMDF searches the alias files first for all mail addresses on outgoing or incoming mail (in the previous example, george's mail always goes to astoria).

Specifying public aliases

Selecting ``public'' specifies that the alias is considered public information and remote sites can determine the alias members using the SMTP EXPN command.

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