I have a server that is meant to deliver emails from PHP but not receive any emails. My domain MX records point to a different mail service and I have Postfix configured to not handle any FQDN emails. I'd like to send any local emails (postmaster errors, cronjob notices, etc.) to a single external email address me@external.com.

I've found a couple different questions on here that attempt to solve this (here and here most notably), but they seem to redirect all outbound emails as well, for example someone@gmail.com and someone@yahoo.com get delivered to me@external.com too.

One solution that does seem to work would be writing out virtual aliases for @localhost, @localhost.localdomain, and @cookweb1 separately to me@external.com, but surely there's a more elegant, generic solution? Here is the relevant part of my /etc/postfix/main.cf (erroneously forwards ALL mail to me@external.com):

myhostname = cookweb1
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
myorigin = /etc/mailname
mydestination = cookweb1, localhost.localdomain, localhost
relayhost =
mynetworks = loopback-only
mailbox_size_limit = 0
recipient_delimiter = +
inet_interfaces = loopback-only
virtual_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual, regexp:/etc/postfix/virtual-regexp

/etc/postfix/virtual is empty. Here is /etc/postfix/virtual-regexp (both have postmaps generated):

/.+@.+/ me@external.com

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When you said locally delivered email, I assume that you mean email delivered to domain @localhost, @localhost.localdomain, and @cookweb1. Because you have listed all of those domains in mydestination parameter, then you have to set catchall in alias_maps instead in virtual.


alias_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/local-catch
virtual_maps =

File /etc/postfix/local-catch

/.+/ me@external.com

Note: virtual_maps was deprecated and replaced by virtual_alias_domains and virtual_alias_maps.

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