How to disable daily run output email from "Charlie &"?

Googled couple of pages, but there is no clear answer.

I use ssmtp instead of sendmail

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Have a read through man periodic and look for all the bits that mention output

Create a file /etc/periodic.conf if one doesn't already exist and set the *_output variables from /etc/defaults/periodic.conf to a log file. That is any path starting with a /, instead of a user account which is a plain word.

$ grep _output= /etc/defaults/periodic.conf
daily_output="root"                                     # user or /file
daily_status_security_output="root"                     # user or /file
weekly_output="root"                                    # user or /file
monthly_output="root"                                   # user or /file

Syslog should already be setup for /var/log/daily.log, /var/log/weekly.log and /var/log/monthly.log.

I'm a bit pedantic about my logging and use /var/log/periodic.$(date +%Y%m%d).<type>.log

<type> being daily, weekly, monthly, security.

  • What file should I specify for security_output? /var/log/security?
    – Alex G
    May 10, 2014 at 17:06
  • or /var/log/daily.log whichever you prefer.
    – Matt
    May 10, 2014 at 18:41

You can disable most of the tests by toggling the _enable flag in /etc/periodic.conf

for example: daily_status_mailq_enable="NO"

setting daily_output="/dev/null" will stop you from getting the emails, although as mentioned above, you may wish to log it to a file instead, since the reports can contain useful information.

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