How to change crontab output from console to email?

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How to change crontab output from console to email?


We are currently running AIX 6.1 TL4. There are around 30 ksh scripts that are ran from crontab which if an error occurs or a problem with an ftp unix sends the out of the ksh script which goest to our console via the local user hci which is viewed by the mail command. I've tired adding the varaible to the crontab doing a crontab -e as well as adding the variable but neither options seemed to work.

I was able piple a mail command to the end of the cron entry however it only displays my subject. It does the job of notifying of an issue but doesn't contain the actual output shown below when looking at the message via mail commad. That option would work but I want any of these jobs to email us and having to piple a mail for each just doesn't seem efficient.

I'm not for sure if our version of AIX doesn't support the mailto varible or if I'm doing something incorrectly. I'm searched this and googled this topic and have tried those variables as well as setting up an aliase which didn't seem to work as well.

I see in the LOGNAME variabile in the output below has hci but I'm not for sure if that is what is being used as the TO: setting for the emial or if there is a config file somewhere that I can update to set the desired email address. Any help would be appreciated.

Example of crontab entry used for piping email would prefer to just have all the crontab jobs for the user hci send an email out instead of having to pipe a mail to each entry. Also I'm not wanting thsi email address to reiceve emails from the root crontab on the hic usr.
00,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * setroot; /qdxtest/qdx5.7/integrator/kshlib/SJS_SFTMD_ftp | \
mail -s "test" -r "root" ""

From root Thu Jan 17 11:15:00 2013
Received: (from root@localhost)
	by hsdvim2b.test.local (AIX6.1/8.13.4/8.11.0) id r0HHF0FP5275882
	for hci; Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:15:00 -0600
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:15:00 -0600
From: root
Message-Id: <201301171715.r0HHF0FP5275882@hsdvim2b.test.local>
To: hci
Subject: Output from cron job setroot; /qdxtest/qdx5.7/integrator/kshlib/SJS_SFTMD_ftp, hci@hsdvim2b, exit status 0

Cron Environment:
 SHELL = /usr/bin/sh

Your "cron" job executed on hsdvim2b on Thu Jan 17 11:15:00 CST 2013
setroot; /qdxtest/qdx5.7/integrator/kshlib/SJS_SFTMD_ftp

produced the following output:


	cron: The previous message is the standard output
	and standard error of one of the cron commands.

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Mod Comment Please use code tags next time for your code and data.

Last edited by vbe; 01-17-2013 at 01:46 PM.. Reason: code tags...
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To do what you want the eays way would be :
Write a script that does what you want, then in your cron file:
00,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * Yourscript >\
 /whereyouwant_logs/yourscript.log  2>&1

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Thanks VBE for the quick reply. Just so I'm clear are you saying to write a generic send mail script that would contain the desired outside email adderess then direct the ksh job's out to it? So if ftpscript had an error it's output would be sent to the script I'll create which will send the same output message I see when looking at mail? Sorry for respelling this out I'm far from being a unix admin but am tyring to clean up our system a little bit or rather make it more effiicient. I would the just added the script like so below to each crontab entry?

* * * * * ftpscript >\ emailscript 2>&1

Thanks again for your help.

---------- Post updated at 02:38 PM ---------- Previous update was at 02:25 PM ----------

I'm wondering if something like this could also be done similar to the mail pipe having the mail command read in the output from the script

* * * * * setroot; /qdxtest/qdx5.7/integrator/kshlib/ftpscript < mail -s "subject header" -r

or if you would have to write the output to a text file first then have it redirected to the mail command? Either way thank you, got a few new ways to play with now.

* * * * * setroot; /qdxtest/qdx5.7/integrator/kshlib/ftpscript > ftpscript.txt | mail -s "subject header" < ftpscript.txt

---------- Post updated 01-18-13 at 01:48 PM ---------- Previous update was 01-17-13 at 02:38 PM ----------

I setup the redirect like you posted and setup a basic email script to fire of if any of the log files contain any data. So far working as desired.

Thanks again VBE for you help.

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