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       vacation [ -I | -i ]
       vacation  [ -j ] [ -a alias ] [ -tN ] [ -r ] [ -?  ] user­


       vacation automatically  replies  to  incoming  mail.   The
       reply  is contained in the file .vacation.msg in your home
       directory.  The vacation program  run  interactively  will
       create  and/or  edit  a  .vacation.msg  file  in your home
       directory. The old .vacation.msg  will  be  backed  up  to
       .vacation.old  file.   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  `Subject:'  line  (it should not contain a `To:'
       line and need not contain a `From:' line, since these  are
       generated automatically).

       The  fields  `From', `From:' and `Reply-To:' are evaluated
       in the following order: If there is a `Reply-To:', and the
       option -r is given, then its entry is accepted. Otherwise,
       the entry of the `From:' field is taken. Should this entry
       lack  a complete domain address (e.g. user@site instead of
       user@site.domain), vacation evaluates  the  `From'  field,
       converting  the  contained  UUCP  bang  path into a domain
       style address. If this fails too, vacation gives up.

       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  one  of the strings -request@, postmaster, uucp,
       mailer-daemon, mailer or -relay or if a `Precedence: bulk'
       or  `Precedence:  junk'  or  `Precedence:  list'  line  is
       included in the header. The search for special senders  is
       made case-independant.


       -I     Initialize  the  .vacation.db  file and start vaca­

       -tN    Change  the  interval between repeat replies to the
              same sender.  N  is  the  number  of  days  between
              replies. Default is one week.

       -r     If  there  is  a `Reply-To:' header, send the auto­
              matic reply to the address given there.  Otherwise,
              use the `From:' entry.

       -f <file>
              use  a  different  message  file  than the default,
              .vacation.msg .  The path to this file is  relative
              to the home directory of the user.

       -?     issue short usage line.


       The  vacation,  create a .forward file in your home direc­
       tory containing a line of the form:

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

       where username is your login name. The  original  .forward
       will be backed up to .forward.old file.

       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 create a new
       .vacation.msg  file for you, 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 not present in your  home  directory,  it
       creates it for you, and automatically performs a `vacation
       -I' function, turning on vacation.



       A list of senders is kept in the file .vacation.db in your
       home directory.


       vi(1), sendmail(8)





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