Out of the box, every FreeBSD machine sends two e-mails per day to the administrator (
root -- usually aliased to someone):
- Daily cron output (with status of disks, network interfaces, etc.)
- Daily security output (with penetration-attempts found in logs, etc.)
There are also weekly and monthly report-pairs, with outputs of the jobs deemed "heavier" (like
locate-updates), which do not require daily runs.
Most of the time these e-mails are tedious to the extreme and I often find myself deleting them without reading. But I feel guilty doing it -- because one day I'm liable to miss something important and because, if I'm not reading it, I may as well redirect them into
/dev/унітаз to begin with.
With 5-7 FreeBSD boxes (of my own and immediate family) under my care, this is getting bothersome -- is there, perhaps, some sort of software, that can alert me to potentially "interesting" reports while quietly stashing the rest away? Something "trainable" -- like a Bayesian spam-filter?
Ideally, it would integrate with Seamonkey/Thunderbird, but can also be command-line based (I'll run it from inside