security logs being mailed to root

sn1tch dot.sn1tch at
Fri Mar 4 11:06:08 PST 2005

On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 12:34:36 -0600, Kevin Kinsey <kdk at> wrote:
> exp at wrote:
> >On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 08:59:45AM -0500, sn1tch wrote:
> >
> >
> >>When I ran FBSD 5.2.1 I used to get the daily, weekly, and monthly
> >>security logs and such mailed to since I did a clean
> >>install with 5.3 I no longer get anything, when I log in I have no
> >>mail...what gives? I enjoyed reading them .. is there a way to get
> >>that functionality back?
> >>
> >>
> >>Thanks,
> >>Joe
> >>
> >>
> >5.3 also does this by default.  Are you sure your computer
> >is turned on at the times these mails are sent, in /etc/crontab?
> >
> >
> And ...
> If the logs and such exist, then syslogd is probably OK.  Otherwise
> check syslogd first.
> Next, make sure that crond is running.  Don't know why it wouldn't
> be, be might as well check.
> Then, check sendmail.  Depending on settings, this might be the
> issue.  If syslogd is working as expected, you should find a note
> in /var/mail/maillog (about 3:0x a.m. system time) that shows a mail
> going to "root at somebox.tld".
> Which brings us to /etc/mail/aliases.  Is the alias for "root" pointing
> to your email address?
> I'm sure there's stuff I may have missed as well, but here's the start
> of a debug checklist.
> HTH,
> Kevin Kinsey

Crontab doesnt have any listings and rc.conf shows this...


and in /etc/periodic there are dail weekly monthly and security
folders. I chose not to build sendmail at all, or any type of mail
server for that matter, but why would that affect it because a friend
of mine has a fresh install of 5.3 and he gets the logs, no problems.
Would a specific option in a custom kernel cause it to not send.

syslog.conf shows

security.*                                      /var/log/security

is there anything else I can show you guys/girls to help out?

Thanks for the help

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