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root forwarding not working, newaliases issue?

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I am nailing down security on my newly installed dedicated hosting unix server.

All looks great but I noticed a slight warning when installing the csf firewall which is that apparently there is no forwarding in place for the root account. Exact message below:

Check root forwarder
The root account should have a forwarder set so that you receive essential email from your server.

I went into /etc/aliases and edited the relevant line so it now appears as:

root:               webmaster@domain.com

From what I have read I now need to run 'newaliases' to have this change take effect. Here is where I run into a problem. I don't have a newaliases file? I did a 'locate newaliases' and found the only similar file as listed below:

/usr/share/man/ja/man1/newaliases.1.gz

Any ideas what I do from here to get the root forwarding to 'take'  ??

Thanks,



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by:Gabriel Orozco
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you need to install your full email program. or check in which package newaliases is provided.

in debian, you can do
apt-get update
apt-cache search newaliases

on redhat I'm not sure, so why not go to rpmfind and look for newaliases? http://rpmfind.net/
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by:pcoghlan
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The server came with cPanel and Exim installed. Exim seems to be working fin but there is no newaliases file. Are you saying I need to re-install exim?

I couldn't find anything on newaliases at the URL you attached.

Thanks,
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Gabriel Orozco earned 500 total points
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exim installs a link called /usr/bin/newaliases pointing to the exim binary.

look for the file and if it is not there you could create it yourself using
ln -s /usr/bin/exim newaliases

this info taken from : http://cygwin.com/packages/exim/exim-4.63-1
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by:pcoghlan
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Thanks, I will check this today. I seem to have found informationthat indicates that Exim doesnt use the newaliases command and that as long as the forward is in the aliases file it will (should) work. This tells me the way I put the forward in the file is the issue as opposed to the lack of a newaliases file.

Paul
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