Article ID: 123731, created on Nov 30, 2014, last review on Jan 19, 2015

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk for Linux/Unix


When the mail service is enabled for a domain (i.e. domainname.tld), the following email accounts are set up in Postfix by default:

# postmap -s /var/spool/postfix/plesk/virtual | grep domainname.tld
drweb@domainname.tld       drweb@localhost.localdomain
kluser@domainname.tld      kluser@localhost.localdomain
postmaster@domainname.tld  postmaster@localhost.localdomain
root@domainname.tld        root@localhost.localdomain
anonymous@domainname.tld   anonymous@localhost.localdomain
mailer-daemon@domainname.tld       mailer-daemon@localhost.localdomain
sender@domainname.tld      sender@domainname.tld
spam@domainname.tld        spam@domainname.tld

If an email message is sent to one of those email accounts (i.e. root@domainname.tld), it gets forwarded to the email address that is set under the Parallels Plesk Administrator's Profile.

How can this behavior be changed?


In the following output, you can see that all email sent to the accounts mentioned (for example root@localhost.localdomain) are forwarded to Plesk Administrator email address (for example pleskadmin@example.tld):

# postmap -s /var/spool/postfix/plesk/aliases
drweb   pleskadmin@example.tld
kluser  pleskadmin@example.tld
postmaster      pleskadmin@example.tld
root    pleskadmin@example.tld
anonymous       pleskadmin@example.tld
drweb-daemon    pleskadmin@example.tld
ailer-daemon   pleskadmin@example.tld
mailman pleskadmin@example.tld

In order to change this behavior:

  1. Modify the /etc/aliases file to forward all messages from desired accounts to another mailbox (for example some@mailbox.tld).

    For example, for the account root@localhost.localdomain, you should add the following line into the /etc/aliases file:

    root:   some@mailbox.tld
  2. Run the following command:

    postalias /etc/aliases

This will not affect accounts created in Plesk with the name, but if the mailbox does not exist then the message will be forwarded to some@mailbox.tld instead of the Plesk Administrator email address.

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