Sendmail question

Terry Polzin foxec208 at
Mon Aug 9 20:47:56 UTC 2010

On Mon, 2010-08-09 at 13:26 -0700, Wolfgang S. Rupprecht wrote:
> Terry Polzin <foxec208 at> writes:
> > Is there a way to configure sendmail NOT to send messages with empty
> > bodies?
> Sendmail is an MTA.  It isn't a good idea for the MTA to second guess
> intentions.  Yes, some other OS's might do things that way, but that
> isn't the un*x way.  If you have a program that sometimes generates
> output that should be mailed off you can easily have it capture the
> output in a file and only mail that file if the file is no-zero.
>     programname > /tmp/log$$ 2>&1
>     if [ -n /tmp/log$$ ]
>     then
>             /bin/mail -s "programname run at $(date)" username
>     fi
>     /bin/rm /tmp/log$$
> -- 
> Wolfgang S. Rupprecht      (IPv6-only)
yes, I figured this might be the responses I would get.  But I (root)
doesn't "own" the script.  It's a (poorly) written user script <sigh>.
I'm not allowed (at work) to control the users or the programmers
<another sigh>

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