SMTP has had the 251 and 551 status codes for a long time, since RFC 788
in 1981. The 251 code means (roughly) I'll accept this address but I'll
forward it to <x>, and 551 means address rejected, send it to <x> instead.
The idea is that the sending system should note the <x> address so in
future it sends mail directly there.
Did anyone every actually implement these, and in particular the sender
side to remember and redirect? You don't have to tell me all the reasons
it's a bad idea, many of which are described in the RFCs. I'm just
wondering whether this was ever real, or it just seemed like a good idea.
John Levine, johnl(_at_)taugh(_dot_)com, Taughannock Networks, Trumansburg NY
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