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Old May 12, 2008, 08:16 PM   #1
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Sending mail through terminal

I have a few cron jobs which periodically check my RAID status and disk usage. I would like to have the outcome emailed to myself. The proper syntax for sending mail through terminal is mail -s "subject" myname@gmail.com, however nothing is sent. I know my cron jobs work as I had the outputs redirected to a file.

How does the mail application know what mail server to send the email through? If it used the recipients email server, what happens if it requires authentication? How can I configure the /usr/bin/mail command to use a specific smpt server?
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Old Nov 7, 2009, 05:10 AM   #2
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This worked for me:

I know that this is an old thread, but I fixed this problem today and hope that my solution might aid somebody else who has the same difficulties.

I could not receive mail from Cron, nor through the command line via 'mail' or 'sendmail' commands. Things that I had to do were:

1) Edit /etc/postfix/main.cf and find the line which starts with "myorigin=..." (it should be commented out by default). Put the domain name part of your own email address here, e.g. if your email address is "me@mydomain.com.nz", then change the line to "myorigin=mydomain.com.nz".

2) Find the line in the main.cf file which starts as "relayhost=..." (once again, should be commented out by default). Change this to fully qualified name of your mail server in square braces, e.g. "relayhost=[mail.myisp.com.nz]". Don't forget the square braces or you will cause a host lookup error.

3) When editing your crontab, make sure to include your required destination email address in the 'MAILTO' command, e.g. put the line "MAILTO=me@mydomain.com.nz" at the start of your crontab file.

That's it! Worked for me... Now getting mail from Cron and can send emails on the command line.
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Last edited by SpaceMonkey2369; Nov 7, 2009 at 05:30 AM. Reason: Improved information in post based on further investigations.
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