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hello

I am running solaris 8 and my .forward file is not working - any ideas?

thanks
jculkincys
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Is the user's directory group- or world-writable?

Is the .forward file group- or world-writable?

Any error messages in the system log?
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Well, a little more information would be helpful :)  Like maybe what you .forward file looks like - obviously obfuscated to non-real email address.   Also, have you look in the /var/adm/messages ?  Depending on how your system is configured, sendmail (or whatever SMTP engine your using) may be putting messages into /var/adm/messages.  This could help you figure out where your .forward may be failing.
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sorry for the lack of info

I think PsiCop is on the right path

Computer1 (where .forward does not work)
...
drwxr-xr-x   6 user groupa    2048 Jun 26 09:47 .
drwxrwxr-x   8 root     root         512 Apr  5 11:04 ..
...

Computer2 (where .forward does work)
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drwxr-xr-x   4 user groupb     2560 Jun 26 09:50 .
drwxr-xr-x   9 root     other        512 Apr  5 11:05 ..
...

Also there was an error on the syslog file:
Jun 22 23:59:20 hostname sendmail[num]: [ID num mail.warning] identifier: forward /e
xport/home/user/.forward.hostname+: Group writable directory


The .forward file are the same on the 2 computers

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> /export/home/user/.forward.hostname+: Group writable directory
Thats an explaination.  Also this "drwxrwxr-x   8 root     root         512 Apr  5 11:04 .."

You have a group writable directory /export/home/ (root group has a write permission).
If it's not importent, disable group writable flag:
chmod g-w /export/home
chmod g-w /export/home/user

OR

If it's importent to have root group writable user directory disable group writable checks in sendmail.cf (it should be somewhere below /etc or /etc/mail):
Uncomment and change this line:

#O DontBlameSendmail=safe
O DontBlameSendmail=ForwardFileInGroupWritableDirPath,ForwardFileInUnsafeDirPath,ForwardFileInUnsafeDirPathSafe

then restart sendmail
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