Cron Not Sending Mail

APseudoUtopia apseudoutopia at
Tue Mar 3 14:44:35 PST 2009

On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Morgan Wesström
<freebsd-questions at> wrote:
> Glen Barber wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 4:10 PM, APseudoUtopia <apseudoutopia at> wrote:
>>> Thanks for the tips. I've put the following line in my normal user
>>> account's crontab (This account does have a shell, it's one I use on a
>>> daily basis):
>>> SHELL=/bin/sh
>>> MAILTO=my_email_account at
>>> *       *       *       *       *       /sbin/ping -c4 localhost
>>> I'm getting no emails at all. In /var/log/maillog, I'm getting the
>>> following output:
>>> Mar  3 21:10:00 domain sendmail[86797]: n23LA0td086797: from=www,
>>> size=0, class=0, nrcpts=0,
>>> msgid=<200903032110.n23LA0td086797 at subdomain.domain.tld>,
>>> relay=www at localhost
> Isn't "www at localhost" a very weird hostname for a relay? Can you really
> resolve that into an IP address?
> /Morgan

Hm, I'm not sure where it's getting that from. The MAILTO variable is
set in the crontab, so it shouldn't be going to or relaying through
localhost at all, right? It should go directly to gmail's servers?

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