Q: How to Forward FASmail to @stat.ubc.ca mail?

If anyone has trouble having their alias FASmail account forwarded to @stat.ubc.ca, here's user experience reported:
1. Ask UBC IT to created an alias Firstname.Lastname [at] ubc.ca (I didn't want my CWL [at] mail.ubc.ca address distributed widely, since that's my CWL id, and I don't like it being out on the interwebs too much). Make sure you have added the email address you want to forward to into your contact list: after logging in at https://www.mail.ubc.ca using your CWL account, access People menu from the top left Menu icon, then add a new entry for "Your contacts"
2. Created an Inbox rule (go to the little gear wheel on the top right of the web interface www.mail.ubc.ca) to have my FASemail forwarded to @stat.ubc.ca *BUT* there is a trick! Here's what took IT central 2 weeks of emails back and forth to figure out:
3. Split the rule into two: one to forward emails only, and another one to delete the forwarded emails, and make sure the "delete" rule is set up after the forward one.
4. If you don't do 3 above, you will have your "alias" email forwarded, but email to your CWL [at] mail.ubc.ca will disappear in thin air
5. With 3, all my FASemail (those sent to CWL [at] mail.ubc.ca and also those sent to Firstname.Lastname [at] ubc.ca) get forwarded to @stat.ubc.ca

Here is the UBC IT Howto: https://web.it.ubc.ca/forms/fasmail/

Q: How to setup a vacation email?

Browser way:
     Go to My Stuff -> Email Forward/Vacation Message

Notes:

  • If you are from outside of UBC you will need to use UBC VPN.
  • You must Login first AND supply passwd one more time at the bottom "Do It" button
  • If you see a button to enable "TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 ..." please click to proceed.

There are 3 category
1) Remove any previously set Email vacation/forwarding
        When you come back from vacation, you need to do this

2) Set up your auto-reply message
        Before you go on vacation, you need to do this

3) Forward your Email to another address
If you don't want to use our email, (external mail providers: gmail, yahoo...)
You need to do this.  Do not "Keep a Copy" since you need to
clean up sometime to avoid email rejection due to "Over quota"

Manual way:

If you are using Bogofilter for spam filtering, read the bogofilter FAQ.

The unix command

  vacation

is used to setup automatic response to e-mail sent to you.

The "vacation" command will generate two files in your home directory:

  .vacation.msg

and

  .forward

The file ".vacation.msg" contains the message which will be automatically sent out. The file ".forward" activates the vacation program.

If you already have the ".forward" file, then you need to rename it since the "vacation" command will overwrite the current " .forward" file.

The followings describe the procedure:

  1. Enter the unix command
      vacation
    
  2. The unix will give the following information:
      This program can be used to answer your mail automatically
      when you go away on vacation.
      You have a message file in /home/yourusername/.vacation.msg.
      Would you like to see it?
    
  3. Type the character "y" and the "Enter" key.
  4. The unix will give the following information:
      Subject: away from my mail
    
      I will not be reading my mail for a while.
      Your mail regarding "$SUBJECT" will be read when I return.
      Would you like to edit it?
    
  5. Type the character "y" if you want to change the default automatic response message. Type the character "n" if you want to use the default message.
    • It is customary to tell people either how long you will be gone or when you plan to return.
    • Do not edit the lines beginning with the text "From:" or "Subject:".
    • Leave at least one blank line between the "Subject:" line and the body of your message.
    • Do not remove "$SUBJECT" text from the message.
  6. If you type "y", then the Unix will give the following information:
      You have a message file in /home/yourusername/.vacation.msg.
      Would you like to see it?
    
  7. If you type "y" to the above question, then the Unix will give the automatic response message again:
      Subject: away from my mail
    
      I will not be reading my mail for a while.
      Your mail regarding "$SUBJECT" will be read when I return.
      Would you like to edit it?
    
  8. Type "n" and the Unix will give the following information:
      To enable the vacation feature a ".forward" file is created.
      Would you like to enable the vacation feature?
    
  9. Type "y" to enable the vacation feature. And the Unix will give the following information:
      Vacation feature ENABLED. Please remember to turn it off when
      you get back from vacation. Bon voyage.
    

Now everyone who sends you an e-mail will receive the automatic response.

If you use "dtmail", then you can setup vacation feature easily.

  • At unix prompt "$" type:
      /usr/dt/bin/dtmail&
    
  • From the Option menu, select the Vacation Message... submenu.
  • A dialog window will pop up. Turn on the Vacation option and other features you like.
  • Click the Ok button.
Q: How do I turn off the vacation feature?

Easy way:

  Go to My Stuff -> Email Forwarding/Vacation Message or click here to get there.
  
Brower Way:

You now have new vacation tool
http://www.stat.ubc.ca/Computing/
Email forwarding and vacation message (login first)

Notes: You must Login first AND supply passwd one more time
at the bottom "Do It" button

There are 3 category
1) Remove any previously set Email vacation/forwarding
        When you come back from vacation, you need to do this

2) Set up your auto-reply message
        Before you go on vacation, you need to do this

3) Forward your Email to another address
If you don't want to use our email, (external mail providers: gmail, yahoo...)
You need to do this.  Do not "Keep a Copy" since you need to
clean up sometime to avoid email rejection due to "Over quota"

Manual way:

To turn off the vacation feature, just re-run the "vacation" program.

  1. Type the Unix command:
      vacation
    
  2. The Unix will give the following information:
      This program can be used to answer your mail automatically
      when you go away on vacation.
      You have a message file in /home/yourusername/.vacation.msg.
      Would you like to see it?
    
  3. Type "n" and the Unix will give the following information:
      Would you like to edit it?
    
  4. Type "n" and the Unix will give the following information:
    You have a .forward file in your home directory containing:
        yourusername, "|/usr/bin/vacation yourusername"
    Would you like to remove it and disable the vacation feature?
    
  5. Type "y" to disable the vacation feature. The Unix will show the following information:
    Back to normal reception of mail.
    

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