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It looks simple but how can I redirect output of this kind of crontab to my email?

00 06 * * * /usr/bin/php /home/user/myapp/ -e prod 1>> /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log 2>&1

I've try to add but without any results.


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The cron entry you have there is redirecting both STDOUT and STDERR to a file: /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log.

The simplest method to do what you want would be to run mailx at the end of the cron job, using indirection to send that file:

00 06 * * * /usr/bin/php /home/user/myapp/ -e prod 1>> /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log 2>&1; mailx -s "Cron output" < /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log

However: take note that your cron job is appending to the log file, so unless it's being purged of old entries (or rotated) regularly, you'll receive all previous output as well as new output. It would probably be best to create a small shell script to write to a temporary log, mail it, then append it to the mail log:

/usr/bin/php /home/user/myapp/ -e prod 1>> /tmp/testing_prod$$.log 2>&1
mailx -s "Cron output" < /tmp/testing_prod$$.log
cat /tmp/testing_prod$$.log >> /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log
rm /tmp/testing_prod$$.log

This has the benefit of making the crontab look tidier:

00 06 * * * /home/user/myapp/
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tee is a much better solution as it will still append to the log file and also only email out the new data without needing a temporary file. – kormoc Jan 27 '13 at 22:48
It's a solution. Personally I prefer to script it so that I can have a custom subject and mail recipient. The mail could also include diagnostic info, if required, along with the logs. – James O'Gorman Jan 27 '13 at 22:50
You can still use tee in your scripting as well rather then mucking with temporary files. – kormoc Jan 27 '13 at 22:57
TIMTOWTDI. There's nothing wrong with temporary files, but sure, tee would also work in this instance. Either way I tend to prefer scripts so that the crontab isn't cluttered and unreadable. – James O'Gorman Jan 27 '13 at 23:01

You're sending the output to a file so there is no output for cron to send. Try using tee

00 06 * * * /usr/bin/php /home/user/myapp/ -e prod 2>&1 | tee -a /var/log/CRONLOGS/testing_prod.log
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