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    what file do you use to create aliases ?

    What file do you use to create aliases. I tried .bashrc and it did not work !

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    .bashrc?
    try .bash_profile in the users home dir for "personal" customization, and /etc/profile for systemwide stuff, .bashrc is mainly used for non login shells.
    to read some more try http://floppix.com/bashcfg.html for a few pointers.
    and toget more than you want try "man bash"
    keep asking.

    oh, just one thing more, man bash gives this as the "files" used.
    FILES
    /bin/bash
    The bash executable
    /etc/profile
    The systemwide initialization file, executed for login shells
    ~/.bash_profile
    The personal initialization file, executed for login shells
    ~/.bashrc
    The individual per-interactive-shell startup file
    ~/.bash_logout
    The individual login shell cleanup file, executed when a login shell exits
    ~/.inputrc
    Individual readline initialization file
    a good tip is to hit / to get a line at bottom of manpage where you can type word to search for (and usually q exits them, or if that fails ctrl+c)

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    Where do you need aliases?

    If you need mail aliases, you need to check your MTA requirements. Smail will use /usr/lib/aliases in the form of

    alias: mark, marko, mjk

    Look it up for further info.

    sendmail uses a similar file and format, but is usually in the /etc directory. (It could reside somewhere else depending on your configuration.)

    Your configuration files for qmail and mailhandler all contain a place for you to define aliases so that if johnc@domain.com and John.Cool@domain.com and JohnBCool@domain.com ar all the same person, mail gets directed tot he correct mailbox.

    I'm not familiar with all the MTA's out there, so you may need to do more research.

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