Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3 Administration Guide

11.3.1 A Rule to Match Percent Hacks

If the MTA tries to rewrite an address of the form A%B and fails, it tries one extra rule before falling through and treating this address form as A%B@localhost. (For more information about these address forms, see 11.4 Rewrite Rule Templates.) This rule is only activated when a local part containing a percent sign has failed to rewrite any other way (including the match all rule described below).

The percent hack rule is useful for assigning some special, internal meaning to percent hack addresses.