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Vacation - Automated E-mail Replies

You may set up an automated reply to e-mail sent to you with the Unix program vacation. It will check each message you receive and automatically respond with a pre-set acknowledgement. To prevent annoyance, vacation will only reply to a given sender once a week. Vacation will only respond to messages directed explicitly to you (the To: or the Cc: line). This allows you to keep your subscriptions to mailing lists active without bothering the rest of the list members with your vacation responses.

To enable or disable vacation:

If your mail account is on the server, go to

If you have questions, please send e-mail to

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