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I recently installed timeshift and set it to backup weekly. However, when I looked in /etc/cron.d, I only found timeshift-hourly which ran:

0 * * * * root timeshift --check --scripted

which appears to check with timeshift if a backup is schedule and if so, do it.

However, I would like to set a cron email for every time I backup and I'm guessing that if I set if for timeshift-hourly, then I will get an email every time that it checks every hour. How would I be able to set a cron email for every time that timeshift does a backup and not every time it checks to see if it's time to backup?

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This is already built-in to Timeshift, just disabled by default. The following picture is from the Timeshift setting menu; just uncheck the Stop cron emails box and you should be good to go.

Timeshift Settings

  • Where would I add my destination email address? – Paradox Nov 24 '19 at 21:41
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    Since the Timeshift process is run as root, that's who would get the email. You could create an alias for root, but that would shift all of root's emails. – ajgringo619 Nov 24 '19 at 21:43
  • I just edited crontab with vim /etc/crontab and added MAILTO=myaddress@domain.com. Hopefully, this works. – Paradox Nov 24 '19 at 21:46
  • I've never tried that switch, but it should work. – ajgringo619 Nov 24 '19 at 21:48

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