Customize .vacation.msg to include subject, sender, etc?

Dimitri Yioulos dyioulos at
Fri May 29 17:59:14 UTC 2009

On Friday 29 May 2009 1:23:22 pm Kelly Jones 
> I'm using 'vacation' as an autoresponder, but
> can't seem to customize .vacation.msg to
> include the subject, sender, recipient, etc.
> Is there a way to do this?
> If not, is there a better autoresponder I can
> use?
> I realize I could write one myself, but I'd
> prefer to use an existing solution.

IIRC, ".vacation.msg" should live in each user's 
home directory.  ".forward" is responsible for 
actually enabling 'vacation' for any particular 
user.  The format for including the subject and 
sender, at least, is simply:

From: "Alfred E. Neuman" <aeneuman at>
Subject: Out of Office

at the top of ".vacation.msg".



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