Cyrus - Sendmail .forward not working

Gui gui at
Fri Dec 2 02:26:40 EST 2005

hi Everybody

I got it to work.
Silly mistake.  It should be lowercase w.
But in the cyrus website and O'Reilly book, it is uppercase.

Quoting gui <gui at>:

> hi Everybody
> I am trying to use .foward in user home directory for the bsd 
> vacation command.
> I'm using cyrus-imapd-2.2.12 and Sendmail 8.13.3 on Freebsd 5.4.
> I followed the instructions in 
> as well as the 
> O'Reilly Managing IMAP book,
> and entered a define('|CYRUS_MAILER_FLAGS','A5 at W') line (later I 
> changed it to CYRUSV2_MAILER_FLAGS')
> in the sendmail M4 file ( in /etc/mail).  But it didn't work.   
> The .forward file was not read at all.
> |||I also tried changing the flags in 
> /usr/share/sendmail/cf/mailer/cyrusv2.m4, as well as in 
> /etc/mail/
> but all also didn't work.
> My Cyrus user is also inside /etc/passwd, i.e., has a unix account, 
> as specified by the IMAP book.
> My Cyrus is running fine.   And before converting to Cyrus, I was 
> using imap-uw and the .forward and vacation
> commands worked fine too.
> Can anybody help?    Why isn't the instructions 
> |define('CYRUS_MAILER_FLAGS','A5 at W')| not working?
> Thank you very much in anticipation.
> Gui
> p.s. I don't want to use Sieve.
> ===
> My references:
> Add a line define(`CYRUS_MAILER_FLAGS',`A5 at w') before the 
> MAILER(cyrus) line. The w flag tells sendmail that users are all in 
> /etc/passwd so it's okay to read it and find *~/.forward*. If users 
> aren't in /etc/passwd, don't do this.
> |MAILER(cyrus)|
> On the line immediately following, add the statement:
> |define('CYRUS_MAILER_FLAGS','A5 at W')
> |The /w/ flag tells sendmail that users exist in //etc/passwd/ and 
> that it should look for a /~/.forward/ in the user's home directory.
> |
> |

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