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I created a user account in postfix in the form:

When I receive emails from that account, in gmail, for example, the senders name is "editor", but I want to show something like "Editor Surname".

Any idea of how to it? Thanks in advance!

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I agree that the best way is to configure your account details in your own mail client.

However, if this is a local unix account you're talking about you can use chfn(1) to change the real name of a user with something like:

chfn -f "Editor Surname" editor

or by editing directly the /etc/passwd file (both require superuser access).

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You should set it in the mail-client in your account configuration.

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