Cron emails

Cameron Simpson cs at
Sat Nov 22 03:26:58 UTC 2014

On 21Nov2014 19:22, Mike Chambers <mike at> wrote:
>I have a couple of cron jobs setup in my /etc/cron.d/ dir and they seem
>to be checked and run as suppose to, according to /var/log/cron.
>Basically the 2 jobs point to a couple of dir's that run a few scripts
>every so few hours and mirror a few things from Fedora, rpmfusion, etc.
>But I would like to get the email results of those 2 jobs after they
>run, whether they download anything or not, but right now I don't get
>Below is a copy of one of the cron jobs, but they are all the same.
>[root at scooby log]# more /etc/cron.d/0quarterly
># Run the quarterly jobs
>5 */4 * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.quarterly
>As can see above, mailto=root is set, and I do get root emails (I
>tested) to the alias I have set it for, but not the cron jobs.
>So how else can I get it to email me no matter what the result is?

Cron doesn't sent email if the job output is empty. Is a normal run empty?
If so, the simple thing is the generate a little text from the jobs.

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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