Changing 'From:' address of periodic scripts

Jonathan Belson jon at
Mon Sep 1 12:04:41 UTC 2008

Jonathan Belson wrote:
> Matthew Seaman wrote:
>> Yes.  root is specifically exempted from all the masquerading stuff.
>> There's an EXPOSED_USER macro you can use in $(hostname).mc to control
>> that.
> Ah, that explains it.  There doesn't seem to be a way to remove exposed 
> users, but there is a web page explaining how to stop 'root' being added 
> as a default exposed user:
> Instead of doing this, I've told periodic.conf to send its output to my 
> local account on the server, and added a .forward file to pass the 
> e-mail to my 'real' address.  Hopefully this will play nicely with 
> sendmail's masquerading.

Of course it didn't as the e-mail's sender was still 'root' :-S  I ended up 
following the instructions from the web page above, and after initially getting 
caught out by the difference between 'dnl' and '#' I finally have a 
configuration that works.



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