On Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 02:24:47PM -0500, APseudoUtopia wrote:
>
> Cron is not sending output as emails. I noticed this when I stopped
> seeing the output of a backup script in my daily email. I thought
> there was a problem with the backup script - but no, it's cron not
> sending the emails.
> 
> I had this problem before on 6.1, which I never found a solution to. I
> gave up on it, and eventually I upgraded to 7.1. After the upgrade,
> cron worked perfectly. However, I just noticed that it stopped working
> again. I have no idea what changed (It's a production server, I
> haven't been playing with config files).
> 
> User www's mail is redirected to root, which is redirected to a @gmail
> account via /etc/aliases.
> This is on 7.1-RELEASE-p3 running a custom kernel.
> 
> Any solution to this problem would be fantastic. I use the emails from
> cron on a daily basis, and it really messes me up to have it not
> working.
> 
> #####
> # User www's crontab
> # Note, I also tried removing the MAILTO to no avail
> #####
> MAILTO=root
> # m     h       dom     mon     dow     cmd
> *       *       *       *       *       echo "Hello"

PATH is not set or binary not called with it's path.

> 
> 
> ####
> # /var/log/cron
> ####
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant /usr/sbin/cron[22627]: (operator) CMD
> (/usr/libexec/save-entropy)
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22627]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, setgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22627]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, endgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22627]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> passwd_compat, endpwent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant /usr/sbin/cron[22628]: (www) CMD (echo "Hello")
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22628]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, setgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22628]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, endgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22628]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> passwd_compat, endpwent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22630]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, setgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22630]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> group_compat, endgrent, not found
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant cron[22630]: NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis,
> passwd_compat, endpwent, not found
> 
> 
Heh! I misread your original post. I didn't  realise that "youcant"
was your hostname. It confused me ;)

A few ideas: Make MAILTO in cron point to your gmail account. If not
you'll need an alias for www in aliases(5) to point to that gmail
account and you have to remember to rebuild it with newaliases(1)
after you've edited it.

> 
> ####
> # /var/log/maillog
> ####
> Mar  1 19:22:00 youcant sendmail[22630]: n21JM0Gl022630: from=www,
> size=0, class=0, nrcpts=0,
> msgid=<200903011922.n21jm0gl022...@youcant.tastetherainbow.ws>,
> relay=...@localhost

This has got a few problems. It's saying the size of the message is 0
(probably because you've not set your PATH) & the number of recipients
is 0 and it seems to be relaying it to w...@localhost rather than
delivering it to your gmail account (newaliases not run).

Regards,

-- 

 Frank 


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