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VACATION(1)                 General Commands Manual                VACATION(1)



NAME
       vacation - reply to mail automatically

SYNOPSIS
       vacation [ -I ]
       vacation [ -j ] [ -a alias ] [ -tN ] username

DESCRIPTION
       vacation  automatically  replies  to  incoming mail.  The reply is con-
       tained in the file .vacation.msg in your home directory.  The  vacation
       program  run  interactively  will  create  a .vacation.msg file for you
       (which you may edit).  Type vacation with  no  arguments.   (See  USAGE
       below.)

       For example, the message created by vacation is:
              Subject: away from my mail
              From:  smith (via the vacation program)
              I will not be reading my mail for a while.
              Your mail regarding "$SUBJECT" will be read when I return

       The  .vacation.msg  file  should include a header with at least a `Sub-
       ject:' line (it should not contain a `To:' line and need not contain  a
       `From:' line, since these are generated automatically).

       If  the  string  $SUBJECT  appears  in  the  .vacation.msg  file, it is
       replaced with the subject of the original message  when  the  reply  is
       sent.

       No  message  is  sent  if the `To:' or the `Cc:' line does not list the
       user to whom the original message was  sent  or  one  of  a  number  of
       aliases  for  them,  if  the  initial  From  line  includes  the string
       -REQUEST@, or if a `Precedence: bulk' or  `Precedence:  junk'  line  is
       included in the header.

OPTIONS
       -I     Initialize  the  .vacation.pag and .vacation.dir files and start
              vacation.

       If the -I flag is not specified, and a user argument is given, vacation
       reads  the  first  line from the standard input (for a `From:' line, no
       colon).  If absent,  it  produces  an  error  message.   The  following
       options may be specified:

       -a alias
              Indicate  that  alias  is  one of the valid aliases for the user
              running vacation, so that mail addressed to that alias generates
              a reply.

       -j     Do  not  check whether the recipient appears in the `To:' or the
              `Cc:' line.

       -tN    Change the interval between repeat replies to the  same  sender.
              The  default is 1 week.  A trailing s, m, h, d, or w scales N to
              seconds, minutes, hours, days, or weeks respectively.

USAGE
       To start vacation, create a .forward file in your home  directory  con-
       taining a line of the form:

              \username, "|/usr/ucb/vacation username"

       where username is your login name.

       Then type in the command:

              vacation -I

       To stop vacation, remove the .forward file, or move it to a new name.

       If  vacation  is  run with no arguments, it will permit you to interac-
       tively turn vacation on or off.  It will create  a  .vacation.msg  file
       for  you,  or  edit  an existing one, using the editor specified by the
       VISUAL or EDITOR environment variable, or vi(1)  if  neither  of  those
       environment  variables  are set.  If a .forward file is present in your
       home directory, it will ask whether you want to remove it and turn  off
       vacation.   If  it is not present in your home directory, it creates it
       for you, and automatically performs a `vacation -I'  function,  turning
       on vacation.

FILES
       .forward
       $HOME/.vacation.msg

       A  list of senders is kept in the files .vacation.pag and .vacation.dir
       in your home directory.

SEE ALSO
       vi(1), sendmail(8)



                               25 November 1987                    VACATION(1)