cron mail problem solved

DA Forsyth d.forsyth at
Mon Jun 15 09:11:18 UTC 2009

Why do I become so clever AFTER asking for help?

Anyhow, I have solved the cron not sending email problem.
The cron log file contains lines like this
NSSWITCH(nss_method_lookup): nis, group_compat, setgrent, not found
which when searched for produces the page at

So I have edited my /etc/nsswitch.conf to have 
group: files
password: files
(instead of 'compat')

and now it works again.

I guess I must have installed that file in the  upgrade during my 
glazed mergemaster phase of 'esc i enter' to install all those files 
whose only difference is the $Id$ tag (why do they bother?)

       DA Fo rsyth            Network Supervisor
Principal Technical Officer -- Institute for Water Research

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