[kde-linux] Cron emails don't respect my MAILTO

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Tue May 11 18:27:17 UTC 2010

On Tuesday 11 May 2010 18:59:46 Werner Joss wrote:
> Am Tuesday 11 May 2010 19:38:53 schrieb Anne Wilson:
> > I set up a small rsync job to backup my kaddressbook contacts, using
> > SystemSettings.  I set a mailto, to direct the messages to my external
> > address, so that they would always  be on my mail server.  They are being
> > sent to my laptop local mailbox (/var/spool/mail/anne).
> > 
> > I've used 'crontab -e' to check the job settings - the mailto looks
> > correct. I've tried both with and without spaces around the "=" - can
> > someone tell me which is correct?.  /etc/aliases is set to send root mail
> > to me, at my external address - but the job in question is running as
> > anne, not as root, so that shouldn't matter.
> > 
> > I've completely run out of ideas for checking.  What else could be
> > causing the mailto to be ignored?
> I'm no expert with this, but I think cron uses sendmail by default, which,
> also by default, only does local delivery, whereas sending mails to
> external addresses usually requires sending via smtp.
Hmm - I use postfix-sendmail.  Other boxes on the network manage it quite 
well.  I came across the same problem once before, and IIRC I never discovered 
why that one box couldn't be made to conform.

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