An easy way to distribute information about your company to your potential
clientele is to set up an autoresponder. An autoresponder is an email
alias which executes an autoreply executable that responds to a
mail message sent to an address on your site. The contents of the response
can include such useful information as a FAQ, marketing plan, or product
To install the autoreply program, Telnet
or SSH to your Virtual Server and issue the following commands:
Configuring the Autoreply
If you are using ACE
to create e-mail autoreplies, it is not necessary to install the
e-mail autoreply program.
You can use ACE
to create e-mail autoreplies on your Virtual Server.
You can also create autoreplies manually by following the instructions below.
When email is received at info@YOURDOMAIN.COM,
an autoreply containing the message in the ~/.autoreply
file will be sent back. You MUST indicate an address in place of
YOU@YOUR.ISP in order for
mail sent to info@YOURDOMAIN.COM
to be sent to you.
- Create an autoreply text message called ~/.autoreply
in your Virtual Server home directory.The contents of this file will
be the autoresponder.
- Add something like the following to your ~/etc/aliases
file (all on one line) to create an autoreply for info@YOURDOMAIN.COM:
info-reply -a info"
- Run vnewaliases to
update your etc/aliases.db
Use the -m option
to specify a different message file (e.g. "autoreply
-m /etc/mymessage"). Be sure you use the full path from your
Virtual Server's home directory.
The -f option allows you
to change who the autoreply message will be from (in the example above the
"From:" field the customer gets will read "info-reply@DOMAIN.COM").
The -a option specifies
a user that an autoreply can reply for. The user specified should be the
same as the user configured for the autoreply (e.g.. "info:
... -a info").
If you are creating an autoreply in your ~/etc/virtmaps
file for a Virtual
Subhost EMail Account, the username after the
-a should be the email alias in the virtmaps
file as well, not the email alias in the ~/etc/aliases