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I'm trying to configure a machine so that it will send me an email if one of the cronjobs output something in case of an error.

  • I'm using Debian Wheezy.
  • Cron is working normally (without the email functionality).
  • msmtp is installed and configured. Have already symlinked /usr/{bin|sbin}/sendmail to /usr/bin/msmtp.

I can send email by using:

echo "test" | mail -s "subject" user@target.tld

or by executing:

echo "test" | /usr/sbin/sendmail

Without the symlink (/usr/sbin/sendmail) cron will tell me that:

(CRON) info (No MTA installed, discarding output)

With the symlinks I get:

(root) MAIL (mailed 1 byte of output; but got status 0x004e, #012)

Can you suggest how to config the cron/msmtp pair?



Note: I've written "msmtpd" by mistake. Its not a daemon but rather an SMTP client named just "msmtp" (without the "d" ending). It is executed on demand and it is not running in the background all the time.

When I try to send an email by using msmtp like that it works:

echo "test" | msmtp USER@TARGETHOST.TLD

On the far side, in the logs of the SMTP server I read:

Nov  2 09:26:10 S01 postfix/smtpd[12728]: connect from unknown[CLIENT_IP]
Nov  2 09:26:12 S01 postfix/smtpd[12728]: 532301C318: client=unknown[CLIENT_IP], sasl_method=CRAM-MD5, sasl_username=USER@TARGETHOST.TLD
Nov  2 09:26:12 S01 postfix/cleanup[12733]: 532301C318: message-id=<>
Nov  2 09:26:12 S01 postfix/qmgr[2404]: 532301C318: from=<USER@TARGETHOST.TLD>, size=191, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
Nov  2 09:26:12 S01 postfix/local[12734]: 532301C318: to=<FORWARD_TO@TARGETHOST.TLD>, orig_to=<USER@TARGETHOST.TLD>, relay=local, delay=0.62, delays=0.59/0.01/0/0.03, dsn=2.0.0, status=sent (delivered to command: IFS=' ' && exec /usr/bin/procmail -f- || exit 75 #1001)
Nov  2 09:26:12 S01 postfix/qmgr[2404]: 532301C318: removed
Nov  2 09:26:13 S01 postfix/smtpd[12728]: disconnect from unknown[CLIENT_IP]

And the Email is delivered to the target user. So it looks like that the msmtp client is working properly.

It has to be something in the cron/msmtp integration, but I have no clue what that thing might be. Can you help me?

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What happens when you try to send email with just msmtpd? It should work; if it doesn't its an issue with msmtpd. – josten Nov 1 '13 at 23:29
@josten, please take a look at the EDIT I've made. 10x a lot. – Glister Nov 2 '13 at 10:07
You don't need the symlinks if you install msmtp-mta instead. – colan Dec 6 '13 at 15:32

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The solution was to add to the cron configuration for my user (by invoking crontab -e) this:

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