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fantalimon 21st February 2013 15:22

how to change display name of From address in postfix
Haven't found it yet and am hoping someone here knows. I am trying to change the display name of the From address field. I have managed to change via /etc/postfix/generic to
but the email from field appears as this:-
Apache (

I trying to change 'Apache' to something else.

Does anyone know how to?

Thanks in advance

fantalimon 25th February 2013 10:39

the answer
I have found the answer to my query finally!!
To change the display name go to php.ini and change,

sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail.postfix -t -i -F "no-reply"

JayC 10th October 2013 13:16


Originally Posted by fantalimon (Post 292506)
sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail.postfix -t -i -F "no-reply"

Well that's great if you're targeting a specific application.
I used this technique in fail2ban actions to produce the same result but this is extremely cumbersome if you have multiple servers/vservers/services which send mail. I wish someone could point me out in the right direction because this is something that's been haunting me for a while.

My issue is that I would like to change permanently the display name of the from for all mails sent by postfix. I use postfix as a relay to google apps and have one account there with multiple domain aliases. I only really use one set of credentials for authentication stored in sasl_passwd for all my domains and use filters to manage forwarding to proper accounts and/or folders.

Have tried generic mapping, played around with /etc/aliases but nothing did it and I'm still receiving emails from "root" <> while what I really want is "" <> no matter the account it was sent from.

If anyone has any idea on how to solve this issue please let us know.

Thanks in advance,

TiTex 10th October 2013 17:16

why not just use the From: header ?

-F "Whatever name <>"

JayC 10th October 2013 18:11

Hi TiTex,

Thanks for the input. As I said, I use it for the moment as a workaround but chasing out the sendmail cmds sent by apps is a pain (my last encounter was with ddclient where you have to modify the client itself, meaning that on next update mods are gone).

I am looking for some type of global solution that works where I can define that if the mail was sent by a particular service/app/account it gets a corresponding header. I thought the /etc/aliases file would allow me to do this but apparently not (or I didn't read the FM enough... lol)


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