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With each new server comes at least one more daily crontab email. The FreeBSD servers even send two: a daily and a security run output. Thanks to my obsession with virtualisation the number of emails I need to read (and then often discard without further action) is becoming too much.

What ways are there to manage / automate this process? Can emails be replaced by something that is web based? Surely some of you must have found creative ways for this.

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The emails are really for folks who are a small shop with a few boxes, and do not any monitoring infrastructure in place. I would suggest looking into monitoring packages that will provide you the same insight, but from a more dashboard/alert me only if it's broken perspective.

Nagios ( and Ganglia ( are both open source monitoring packages that can provide this type of functionality.

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