e-mail aliases and forwards - data format
atomicworms.com, and that your usercode is "billy". Consider the following aliases and forwards:
email@example.com billy firstname.lastname@example.org billy email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org @billsbaitshop.com error:nouser Never heard of that person email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com error:nouser No such user here @atomicworms.com billy
firstname.lastname@example.org billyThis is an example of an alias. The above would cause anything sent to
email@example.com be delivered to the account with the usercode "billy".
firstname.lastname@example.org billyThis is similar to the first alias. All mail sent to
email@example.com go to "billy".
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comThis is an example of a forward. As you can see, it is similar to an alias except that the right column does not contain a local usercode, but a full e-mail address. What this means is that any mail sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org go to
@billsbaitshop.com error:nouser Never heard of that personThis example introduces two new concepts. First, notice that the address on the left does not have a "user" part, it starts with the at sign. (@) This will match any e-mail sent to any address at
billsbaitshop.com. (Except for
email@example.com; those have already been defined.)
complaints. The reason listed in the error message for the bounce would be "Never heard of that person".
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comNothing new here, this is just a forward; anything sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org go to
email@example.com error:nouser No such user hereAnother error alias. Any mail sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org bounce with the error message being "No such user here".
@atomicworms.com billyAnother "all-encompassing" alias. Anything sent to any address at
atomicworms.comwill be delivered to billy. (Except for
email@example.com, those have already been defined.)
firstname.lastname@example.org, etc., you can just use the all encompasing alias above (
ANYTHING@atomicworms.comwill be delivered to you! If someone asks for your e-mail address or the address of a particular department in your company, you just can make up any old address on the fly if you want to, and you don't have to worry about defining it before anyone uses it, because you know it'll show up in your mailbox.
email@example.com. If you start getting spam to this address, you know that the spammer got it from "ABC Sales"! This will also allow you to build a filter using your e-mail client (if supported) to trash this spam automatically.
atomicworms.comwere forwarded somewhere else instead? No problem; instead of using "billy" in the second column, use the address you want the mail sent to! For example: