Configuring exim for virtual domains

This will configure exim (version 3.35, as in Debian stable) to accept mail for virtual domains.

/etc/exim/exim.conf configuration

Specify local domains

Exim needs to know the local domains it handles. Edit the local_domains = line in /etc/exim/exim.conf so it looks like:

local_domains =;/etc/exim/virtual/domains

Where is your main domain exim handles mail for (i.e. not a virtual domain).

Also local_domains_include_host should be set to true as well as local_domains_include_host_literals

Adding a transport

Edit /etc/exim/exim.conf and add a transport. The following must go at the top of the transports section but before anything like a mailman transport (if you have it configured).

   driver = appendfile
   create_directory = true
   directory_mode = 700
   file = /var/spool/virtual/${domain}/${local_part}
   group = mail
   mode = 0660


Adding directors

Once again in /etc/exim/exim.conf, add two directors under the directors section. The following must go under the real_local director:

   driver = aliasfile
   file_transport = address_file
   pipe_transport = address_pipe
   domains = lsearch;/etc/exim/virtual/domains
   file = /etc/exim/virtual/${domain}/aliases
   search_type = lsearch*
   user = mail


The following must go under the userforward director:

   driver = aliasfile
   file_transport = address_file
   pipe_transport = address_pipe
   transport = virtual_localdelivery
   domains = lsearch;/etc/exim/virtual/domains
   file = /etc/exim/virtual/${domain}/passwd
   search_type = lsearch


Updating the localuser director

You should edit the localuser director too. You need to add a domains = line to localuser that looks like:

domains = "! lsearch; /etc/exim/virtual/domains : * "

Updating the userforward director

You should edit the userforward director too. You need to add a domains = line to userforward that looks like:

domains = "! lsearch; /etc/exim/virtual/domains : * "

Putting the required data in to /etc/exim/virtual

By default /etc/exim/virtual will not exist so mkdir /etc/exim/virtual

In this directory start by creating a file called domains. This will contain the virtual domains exim handles, one per line. For example:

Each domain the domains file should have its own directory within /etc/exim/virtual. For example /etc/exim/virtual/

Inside each virtual domains directory should be two files. A passwd file and an aliases file.

The passwd file should contain the information from /etc/passwd for whoever is the real user for this virtual domain. For example if user david was the real owner on the system for the domain you could execute the following:

# grep ^david: /etc/passwd > /etc/exim/virtual/

The aliases file should contain the aliases for this virtual domain that are accepted and who the real user is. Once again in the below example, we say the real user is david

root: david
david: david
spam: david
postmaster: david
foo: david

Finishing off

When everything is setup, restart exim and keep your fingers crossed. Tail the exm logfiles in /var/log/exim to look out for any errors.

Mail for virtual domains gets sent to /var/spool/virtual/${domain}/${local_part} - This could be tweaked in exim.conf.

In order for the popper to work properly, (for the example used before) perform the following;

 1. cd /var/spool/mail
 1. ln -s ../virtual/ 

LinuxHints/EximVirtualDomains (last edited 2006-12-21 07:10:19 by 81)