periodic emails

Garrett Cooper yanegomi at
Mon Jan 2 22:14:36 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 1:29 PM, Bjoern A. Zeeb
<bzeeb-lists at> wrote:
> Hi,
> why do we send all these empty headings for periodic emails or given there is
> no output to this one can we
> 1) suppress the empty sections (to me that sounds a bit like a wrong
>   return code or something maybe?), and
> 2) add an option to suppress "empty" periodic emails entirely?
> Sample:
> -------
> Removing stale files from /var/preserve:
> Cleaning out old system announcements:
> Removing stale files from /var/rwho:
> Backup passwd and group files:
> Verifying group file syntax:
> /etc/group is fine
> Security check:
>   (output mailed separately)
> Checking for denied zone transfers (AXFR and IXFR):
> -- End of daily output --
> -------
> I'd also like to get the hostname out of the headings of the security emails
> if possible.  It's in the Subject:.  There's no need to have each section header
> starting differently.  I understand that it would be a POLA problem given a lot
> of people parse these emails automatically so adding an option for that would be
> ok with me as well.
> Any takers?

    How does this look for starters? The attached patch's goal is to
provide a generic, rc(5)-like infrastructure that would quiet down the
periodic emails for 120.clean-preserve .
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