Q: How do I set up (or stop) an auto-response to my incoming mail (``vacation'')?
Unless you are already using procmail (i.e. the file .procmailrc exists in your home directory), use vacation.
In practice, do the following:
Type man vacation for more options/details.
To disable, type: rm ~/.forward (assuming this is all you had in that
If you are using procmail, you could add a section
like this one:
* !^X-Loop: procmail.vacation
| formail -rD 8192 .vacation.cache
| (formail -ckrtz -q- \
-A"Precedence: junk" \
-A"X-Loop: procmail.vacation" \
; cat - .vacation.msg) | $SENDMAIL -t
at an appropriate location in your ~/.procmailrc file.
If you are using procmail, you could add a section like this one: