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Is 'marc' some person in the Linux/Unix community?

In /etc/aliases on a default centos install, the bottom line reads:

   # Person who should get root's email
   # root:  marc

Or is it just a random name?

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This is an example, but it wasn’t picked out of thin air: marc is Marc Ewing, who created Red Hat Linux and wrote the initial version of the /etc/aliases file which ends up in CentOS.

The line is commented out, so it doesn’t have any effect; if you want to redirect email sent to root, it’s up to you to choose whatever recipient is appropriate, correct the line to take that into account, and uncomment it.

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    I knew it had to be someone associated, just couldn't place it in my answer. Kind of like the Noob Saibot character in Mortal Combat being the last names of Ed Boon and John Tobias, the creators of Mortal Kombat, spelled backwards. – Nasir Riley Jan 31 at 9:47
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Correction to the first part of my answer even though another answer has been accepted:

It's not entirely random but Marc Ewing, the creator or Red Hat and writer of the initial /etc/aliases (just providing to give clarity).

If you'll notice, the line is commented out.. If you wanted to set an alias for mail going to root then you'd uncomment the line and replace marc with other users or email addresses that you want to get mail addressed to root.

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