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I have a little problem with the cron daemon. I want to stop it from sending mail for a specific command. For example if I have:

10 * * * * someScript1.sh
15 * * * * someScript2.sh

I want to get the mail from someScript1 but not from someScript2. I tried setting the MAILTO="" but that just blocks everything.

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Redirect all output to a back hole

10 * * * * someScript1.sh
15 * * * * someScript2.sh > /dev/null 2>&1

See http://www.xaprb.com/blog/2006/06/06/what-does-devnull-21-mean/ for more information.

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One little question... doesn't that send the output of the script to null but still sending mail? –  zozo Apr 4 '11 at 9:02
No, that sends all output of someScript2.sh to /dev/null. –  tex Apr 4 '11 at 9:06
@zozo: cron sends the output, if any, by mail. Redirecting both stdout and stderr to /dev/null, means there is no output to mail. –  MattBianco Apr 4 '11 at 9:14

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