Email aliases direct mail sent to webmaster@, me@, and so forth to the right email address.
A fancy bit of email functionality in common use, especially among those with their own domain, is having mail sent to so-called vanity email addresses delivered to a single email address. This is accomplished by creating aliases for a single email address. Perhaps you'd like webmaster@ on your web site so that you can have your email application filter requests to another folder. me@ is a popular one, though I can't quite fathom why. Others include info@, support@, sales@, and godlike@ ? OK, so that last one's not all that common.
We'll use NetInfo Manager (Applications Utilities NetInfo Manager) to create email aliases (see Figure 7-8).
Launch NetInfo Manager. Click the lock button ("Click the lock to make changes") at the bottom-left of the window to afford you the power to edit the current NetInfo configuration. When prompted to do so, enter your username and password and click the OK button.
Now that you're authenticated, you can get to work creating an alias. Click on the aliases entry in the center column; you'll see a list of current email aliases appear in the righthand column. Create a new entry, either by selecting Directory New Subdirectory, typing -N, or clicking the "Create new directory" button ? the folder labeled New on the left side of your toolbar. A new directory called, appropriately enough, new_directory appears in the bottom frame of the window. Double-click the new_directory value of the Name property and rename it webmaster (or your preferred alias).
Now that you've created a new alias, you'll need to associate a real email address with it. Create a new property, either by selecting Directory New Property or typing -Shift-N. Rename new_property to members and new_value to your short user name [Hack #1]. Mine's duncan.
If all went to plan, the NetInfo Manager window should now look something like Figure 7-9.
Save your changes (-S or Domain Save Changes). You will be asked to confirm your changes.
Now, any mail addressed to webmaster will be delivered to user duncan. Do the same for any more aliases you wish to create; you can add as many as you want.
?James Duncan Davidson