qmail-users(5) assign mail addresses to users


The file /var/lib/qmail/users/assign assigns addresses to users. For example,


says that mail for joe.shmoe should be delivered to user joe, with uid 503 and gid 78, as specified by /home/joe/.qmail.

Assignments fed to qmail-newu will be used by qmail-lspawn to control qmail-local's deliveries. See qmail-newu(8). A change to /var/lib/qmail/users/assign will have no effect until qmail-newu is run.


/var/lib/qmail/users/assign is a series of assignments, one per line. It ends with a line containing a single dot. Lines must not contain NUL.


A simple assignment is a line of the form


Here local is an address; user, uid, and gid are the account name, uid, and gid of the user in charge of local; and messages to local will be controlled by homedir/.qmaildashext.

If there are several assignments for the same local address, qmail-lspawn will use the first one.

local is interpreted without regard to case.


A wildcard assignment is a line of the form


This assignment applies to any address beginning with loc, including loc itself. It means the same as


for every string ext.

A more specific wildcard assignment overrides a less specific assignment, and a simple assignment overrides any wildcard assignment. For example:


The address joe is handled by the third line; the address joe-direct is handled by the second line; the address bill is handled by the first line.