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am using POSTFIX on ubuntu , i created some virtual emails but the following fails ! : . maybe because it has a DOT in the name ?

how can i make a virtual email with a dot ?

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Anything in /var/log/mail.err? – Niall Donegan Feb 15 '11 at 22:10
actually no new emails i add to the virtual file are being forwarded !!! here is the log : – Ronan Dejhero Feb 16 '11 at 10:58
`Feb 15 14:33:59 server postfix/postmap[17133]: fatal: open /etc/postfix/ No such file or directory Feb 15 15:29:41 server postfix/postmap[19263]: fatal: open aliases: No such file or directory Feb 15 15:44:15 server postfix/smtpd[22035]: fatal: open database /etc/postfix/virtual_m.db: No such file or directory – Ronan Dejhero Feb 16 '11 at 10:59
up vote 1 down vote accepted

There are no issues with having a dot and you don't need to escape it... how are you doing this, by using an aliases file or a virtual alias maps?

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Typically, users will have the same email address as their login name. To redirect emails, you either have to setup virtual address aliasing or edit your aliases file. Check the Address manipulation page of the Postfix documentation.

In the aliases or a "virtual_alias_maps" file, the format for every virtual address is:

First.LastName: loginname

Run also man 5 aliases on your server.

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