Automatically return a mail message to the sender announcing that you are on vacation.
Use vacation with no options to initialize the vacation mechanism. The process performs several steps.
Creates a .forward file in your home directory. The .forward file contains:
user is your login name. The action of this file is to actually deliver the mail to user (i.e., you) and to run the incoming mail through vacation.
.vacation.dir files. These files keep track of
who has sent you messages so that they receive only one
“I’m on vacation”
message from you per week.
Starts an editor to edit the contents of
.vacation.msg. The contents of this file are
mailed back to whomever sends you mail. Within its body, $subject is replaced with the contents of the
incoming message’s Subject line.
Remove or rename the
.forward file to disable
The -a and -r options are used within a
.forward file; see the example.
Mail addressed to alias is actually mail for the user and should produce an automatic reply.
.vacation.dir files. Use this right before
leaving for your next vacation.
By default, no more than one message per week is sent to any sender; this option changes that interval. interval is a number with a trailing s, m, h, d, or w indicating seconds, minutes, hours, days, or weeks, respectively. If interval ...