System Administration Guide: Network Services

Overview of the Software Components

The following table introduces some of the software components of a mail system. Refer to Software Components for a complete description of all of the software components.



.forward files

Files that you can set up in a user's home directory to redirect mail or to send mail to a program automatically 


A file on a mail server that is the final destination for email messages 

mail addresses 

Address that contains the name of the recipient and the system to which a mail message is delivered 

mail aliases 

An alternate name that is used in a mail address 

mail queue 

A collection of mail messages that needs to be processed by the mail server 


A special mail alias that is used to report problems and to ask questions about the mail service 

sendmail configuration file 

A file that contains all the information necessary for mail routing