Samir Parikh / Blog

Originally published on 01 January 2019

Last updated on 05 October 2019

The root email on POSIX systems gets frequent updates on how the system is operating and it's important that you keep up with these. Rather than having to log into your system all the time, you can have your system forward these emails to another email account that you check more frequently. The steps are quite simple:

Edit the /etc/aliases file and change the line that reads # root: me@my.domain to


where is whatever your email address is.

In order to make the changes effective, run

$ sudo newaliases

Depending on how your spam filtering is set up on your email account, you may have to look in the junk or spam folder to view these emails.