My cron jobs are trying to mail their results using the local mail feature of Ubuntu (not internet email, the kind of mail you can read with mutt). However, /var/log/syslog reports

/USR/SBIN/CRON[19212]: (speedtax) MAIL (mailed 52 bytes of output but got status 0x0006 )

I would like to setup local mail (so that cron can deliver the output successfully) but do not want to setup internet email. Everything I find on google is about the latter.


sudo apt-get install postfix (or if you really must, sendmail). Then you can configure your /etc/aliases (and run sudo newaliases after that) to redirect mail from e.g. root wherever you want - including an internet email address, but by default Ubuntu sets it as the user who installed the system.

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