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I'm running Ubuntu 12 Precise Pangolin and am trying to configure my server to catchall mail sent to it and forward it to my gmail address. I've been trying lots of examples online like editing my file which looks like this:

smtpd_banner = $myhostname ESMTP $mail_name (Ubuntu)
biff = no

# appending .domain is the MUA's job.
append_dot_mydomain = no

# Uncomment the next line to generate "delayed mail" warnings
#delay_warning_time = 4h

readme_directory = no

# TLS parameters
smtpd_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtpd_scache
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtp_scache

# See /usr/share/doc/postfix/TLS_README.gz in the postfix-doc package for
# information on enabling SSL in the smtp client.

myhostname = destiny
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
myorigin = /etc/mailname
mydestination = destiny, localhost.localdomain, localhost
relayhost =
mynetworks = [::ffff:]/104 [::1]/128
mailbox_size_limit = 51200000
recipient_delimiter = +
inet_interfaces = all
inet_protocols = all

In my /etc/postfix/virtual I have:

Which isn't working when I email or

So I got the recommendation to add the following to my /etc/alias:


restarted postfix, and tried emailing or but it still won't send.

Does anyone have any idea what I'm doing wrong here? I'd appreciate any help.

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You will not do this. Therefore Google invented Gmail to use with your own domain. That's what you want. – mailq Sep 19 '12 at 20:59

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Your doesn't seem to have virtual_alias_maps. Please replace your listing of with the output of postconf -n to make sure. For further investigation provide a log excerpt of one mail transaction for a mail sent to starting with the point where it's submitted into Postfix up to the point where Postfix decides what to do with it. Easiest way to do this is by greping the log for the queue ID of one such transaction, e.g.:

# grep A19BEB5071E /var/log/mail.log
Sep 14 08:34:16 server postfix/qmgr[20790]: A19BEB5071E: from=<>, size=1922, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Sep 14 08:34:16 server postfix/smtpd[32758]: proxy-accept: END-OF-MESSAGE: 250 2.0.0 Ok: queued as A19BEB5071E; from=<> to=<> proto=ESMTP helo=<>
Sep 14 08:34:16 server postfix/pipe[32764]: A19BEB5071E: to=<>, relay=cyrus, delay=0.62, delays=0.58/0.01/0/0.04, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered via cyrus service)
Sep 14 08:34:16 server postfix/qmgr[20790]: A19BEB5071E: removed

And FTR, using a catch-all is not a good idea in this day and age. I strongly recommend against doing that.

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