Phil Hudson <> writes:

> On Mon, 27 Apr 2015 at  5:59:07 pm BST, Glyn Millington 
> <> wrote:
>>     (add-hook 'message-setup-hook 'bbdb-mail-aliases)
> This led me to the documentation for bbdb-mail-aliases, which leads me
> to ask for an explanation of what a mail alias is. My guess is that it's
> either a unique nickname for a mail recipient, or a group name for
> multiple mail recipients, or possibly both/either. 
> I've just checked, and as I thought, "mail-alias" is an unknown field
> type which I am asked to define. Before I go ahead, what does "defining"
> a field type involve?

A mail alias is a group name for multiple mail recipients. At least
that's how I use 'em! 'mail-alias' refers to aliases set up in a special
file, usually called .mailrc. I'm not clear that this is involved with
the bbdb at all.

'bbdb-mail-aliases' is a function which allows 'message' to take
advantage of bbdb's mail-aliasing facilities.

mail-alias - I believe this is defined in bbdb.el  You can insert that
field into a record using the instructions offered here:

I hope I have understood your question - forgive me if not.



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