periodic emails

Bjoern A. Zeeb bzeeb-lists at
Mon Jan 2 23:26:15 UTC 2012

On 2. Jan 2012, at 23:09 , Doug Barton wrote:

> On 01/02/2012 15:01, Bjoern A. Zeeb wrote:
>> Looking at periodic(8) it says:
>>     Each script is required to exit with one of the following values:
>>     0     The script has produced nothing notable in its output.  The
>>           <basedir>_show_success variable controls the masking of this out-
>>           put.
>>     1     The script has produced some notable information in its output.
>>           The <basedir>_show_info variable controls the masking of this out-
>>           put.
>>     2     The script has produced some warnings due to invalid configuration
>>           settings.  The <basedir>_show_badconfig variable controls the mask-
>>           ing of this output.
>>> 2    The script has produced output that must not be masked.
>> Could it even be that if setting the correct "*_show_*" config option
>> could do the right thing for me already?  I have no clue how that "masking" is
>> done and in which category "has not produced any output but the heading"
>> would fall into and if other things would possibly be hidden as well?
> I'm not sure which problem you're trying to solve. Are you trying to
> solve the problem of "scripts that are enabled but don't have any output
> other than the header should not output anything at all?"  If so, then
> yes, then *_show_success="NO" is likely what you're after.
> I assumed from your OP that you were trying to solve a different
> problem, but it's starting to seem like I read it wrong. Can you clarify?

How did you read it?

The follow-up thing is "if the email is empty, don't send it".

The problem I have with the description is that "nothing notable" != "nothing"
or "nothing but the header" in my view.  I read it as "there was output
beyond the heading".


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