Freebsd Built-in vacation program does not auto reply

lyd mc alydiomc at
Tue Sep 8 05:46:35 UTC 2009

Hi Andre,

I haven't solve it yet. I use the one in the ports tree (/usr/ports/mail/vacation) as my work around.

Now I use sieve script for vacation notice.

Do you have a patch? May be I can use it in the future... Thanks.

Best Regards,


--- On Sat, 9/5/09, Andre Albsmeier <Andre.Albsmeier at> wrote:

From: Andre Albsmeier <Andre.Albsmeier at>
Subject: Re: Freebsd Built-in vacation program does not auto reply
To: "lyd mc" <alydiomc at>
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2009, 2:43 AM

On Thu, 16-Apr-2009 at 18:00:26 +0000, lyd mc wrote:
> Hi guys,
> Why Freebsd built-in vacation program (/usr/bin/vacation) does not auto reply?
> I am using fresh installed Freebsd7.0 and 7.1. here is my configs.

Did you solve the problem already? I had a similar issue and
tracked it down to a really strange compiler bug...


> Under the home directory of the user (
> .forward
> ??? \, "|/usr/bin/vacation"
> .vacation.msg
> ?? Subject: On vacation message
> ?? From: at
> ?? I'm on vacation and will not be reading my mail for a while.
> ? Your mail will be dealt with when I return.
> .
> from postfix/sendmail logs:
> ...sniff
> ?(delivered to command: /usr/bin/vacation
> after this nothing will happened... no errors.... no warnings...? 
> However the one I installed from ports (/usr/local/bin/vacation) works fine.
> I want to use the freebsd base vacation program.? 
> Please help.
> Thank you,
> alydiomc

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