setup vacation auto responder with sendmail

Requirement: Vacation, Sendmail, SquirrelMail, SquirrelMail Local User Autoresponder and Mail Forwarder plugin, SquirrelMail Compatibility plugin, vsftp and CentOS 5

1. Download vacation-1.2.6.3.tar.gz from the link below: –
http://vacation.sourceforge.net

2. Extract the vacation to a temporary directory as below: –
tar xvfz vacation-1.2.6.3.tar.gz -C /tmp

3. Change directory to /tmp/vacation-1.2.6.3 as below: –
cd /tmp/vacation-1.2.6.3

4. Run the “make” command as below: –
make

5. Copy the “vacation” binary to “/usr/bin” as below: –
cp vacation /usr/bin

6. Create a softlink in the Sendmail’s restricted shell utility “smrsh” as below: –
cd /etc/smrsh
ln -s /usr/bin/vacation vacation

7. Next, lets proceed with installing and configuring SquirrelMail’s Local User Autoresponder and Mail Forwarder Plugin. Download local_autorespond_forward-3.0-1.4.0.tar.gz from the link below: –
http://www.squirrelmail.org/plugin_view.php?id=264

8. Extract the local_autoresponder_forward to SquirrelMail’s plugin directory (in CentOS 5) as below: –
tar xvfz local_autorespond_forward-3.0-1.4.0.tar.gz -C /usr/share/squirrelmail/plugins

9. Download the Compatibility plugin from the link below: –
http://www.squirrelmail.org/plugin_view.php?id=152

10. Extract the compatibility plugin to SquirrelMail’s plugin directory (in CentOS 5) as below: –
tar xvfz compatibility-2.0.8-1.0.tar.gz -C /usr/share/squirrelmail/plugins

11. Run the SquirrelMail’s config command as below: –
cd /usr/share/squirrelmail/config
./conf.pl

12. Patch your SquirrelMail according to your version as below: –
patch -p0 < patches/compatibility_patch-1.4.8.diff

13. In SquirrelMail Configuration Main Menu, key-in “8″ to enter Plugins menu. Next, key-in the number that refer to “local_autorespond_forward” to install the plugin

14. Create the local_autorespond_forward configuration file as below: –
cd /usr/share/squirrelmail/plugin/local_autorespond_forward
cp config.php.sample config.php

15. Edit the config.php file and change the following as below: –
$ftp_passive = 1;

16. Next, you need to enable the vsftp service in init level 3, 4 and 5 as below: –
chkconfig --level 345 vsftp on

17. Let’s start the vsftp service as below: –
service vsftp start

You can now begin to use the SquirrelMail’s local_autorespond_forward plugin to configure the vacation email responder for Sendmail.

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