System Administration Guide: Network Services

ProcedureHow to Add Aliases to the NIS+ mail_aliases Table From the Command Line

To add two or three aliases to the table, follow the following instructions. If you are adding more than two or three aliases, see How to Add Entries by Editing an NIS+ mail_aliases Table.

  1. Compile a list of each of your mail clients, the locations of their mailboxes, and the names of the mail server systems.

  2. Either be a member of the NIS+ group that owns the table, or become root on the mail server, or assume an equivalent role.

    Roles contain authorizations and privileged commands. For more information about roles, see Configuring RBAC (Task Map) in System Administration Guide: Security Services.

  3. (Optional) If necessary, initiate an NIS+ table.

    If you are creating a completely new NIS+ mail_aliases table, you must first initiate the table. To complete this task, refer to How to Initiate an NIS+ mail_aliases Table.

  4. Add aliases to the table.

    See this example of a typical entry.

    # aliasadm -a iggy iggy.ignatz@saturn "Iggy Ignatz"

    The following list describes the input from the preceding example.


    The option for adding an alias


    The short form of the alias name


    The expanded alias name

    "Iggy Ignatz"

    The name for the alias in quotation marks

  5. Display the entry that you created and ensure that the entry is correct.

    # aliasadm -m alias

    The entry that you created

    For more information, refer to the aliasadm(1M) man page.