Summary: Autoresponder in Solaris 10

From: Andreas Höschler <>
Date: Fri Mar 02 2007 - 15:02:56 EST
Hi all,

thanks to

Kevin Prigge <>
"Brad Morrison" <>

It appears that vacation is part of the sendmail package. Since I had 
removed the original Solaris package I reinstalled from blastwave and 
got this tool. However, it worked not as expected/documented ($SUBJECT 
was not replaced, disabling sendmail service had no effect. The 
sendmail process was kept alive anyway,...), so I finally decided to 
throw the blastwave sendmail package away as well - I am using postfix 
- and instead wrote my own vacation program in Objective-C that reads 
from stdin, decodes the multimime mail, extracts subject, body, from, 
to,... and then sends out the autoreply message via "/usr/lib/sendmail 
-t". This took me only half an hour and gives me the maximum 
flexibilty. I wrote another small gui application that allows the user 
to comfortably fill .forward with stuff like

\<username>, \"|/opt/GNUstep/Local/Tools/vacation <username>"

and .vacation.msg with the message. Works great and all users are happy 

Thanks a lot!



>> this is probably a newbie question, but I am stuck nonetheless. I 
>> would
>> like to let postfix send autoreplies for abscent users and found
>> vacation  to be one way of doing this. I read "man vacation". However,
>> I caould not find this utility on my Solaris 10 box. "find / -name
>> vacation" gives mit
>> 	/usr/ucb/vacation
>> and that's a link to
>> lrwxrwxrwx   1 root     root          15 Sep 27 18:46 
>> /usr/ucb/vacation
>> -> ../bin/vacation
>> which does not exist. What am i missing? Is vacation part of the
>> sendmail packages? Then I might have removed it while installing
>> postfix. :-(
>> I usually do
>> 	pkgrm SUNWsndmu
>> 	pkgrm SUNWsndmr
>> What can I do to get this utility back? Or what would be the best
>> approach to get autoreplies with postfix?
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