OT: system ignores .forward file

Chris Yuzik ITDept at fractalweb.com
Fri Mar 16 17:51:18 CET 2007

Hi everyone,

I can't seem to get the system to look at the .forward file in the 
user's home dir. I've checked the permissions of the .forward file and 
it seems fine too.

    # pwd

    # ls -lha
    total 20K
    drwxr-xr-x 4 someguy at domain1.com <mailto:someguy at domain1.com>
    domain1.com 4.0K Mar 16 09:23 .
    drwxr-xr-x 4 domain1.com domain1.com 4.0K Feb 26 20:57 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 someguy at domain1.com <mailto:someguy at domain1.com>
    domain1.com 21 Mar 16 09:23 .forward

    # cat .forward
    someotherguy at domain2.com <mailto:someotherguy at domain2.com>

When a message comes in to someguy at domain1.com 
<mailto:someguy at domain1.com>, rather than the system reading the 
.forward file and forwarding it over to someotherguy at domain2.com 
<mailto:someotherguy at domain2.com>, the system just puts it in the 
mailbox for someguy at domain1.com <mailto:someguy at domain1.com> as though 
the .forward file wasn't there.

The maillog isn't particularly helpful:

    # grep l2GGNf6t011416 /var/log/maillog
    Mar 16 09:23:45 devel sendmail[11416]: l2GGNf6t011416: 
from=<someone at domain1.com>, size=388, class=0, nrcpts=1, 
msgid=<45FAC486.40208 at domain1.com>, proto=ESMTP, daemon=MSA, 
relay=S010600090f409322.vs.shawcable.net [xx.xxx.xx.xxx]
    Mar 16 09:23:56 devel MailScanner[23006]: Logging message 
l2GGNf6t011416 to SQL
    Mar 16 09:23:56 devel MailScanner[8197]: l2GGNf6t011416: Logged to 
MailWatch SQL
    Mar 16 09:23:56 devel sendmail[11464]: l2GGNf6t011416: 
to=<someguy at domain1.com>, delay=00:00:11, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=local, 
pri=120388, dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent

I'm running Sendmail 8.13 and Procmail 3.22 on Centos 4.4.

I'm not sure how to troubleshoot this issue. Any thoughts?


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