how to change daily cron emails to go to user account instead of root

Arthur Chance freebsd at
Thu Aug 27 13:16:39 UTC 2015

On 27/08/2015 14:11, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 27/08/2015 13:41, Ernie Luzar wrote:
>> Hello list;
>> How do I change the daily cron emails to go to user account instead of
>> root? I don't want any cron email going to root any more.
>> man 5 crontab says the cron environment variable MAILTO = "account user
>> name" is way to change the cron email from the default of "root" to the
>> "account user name" you want.
>> The part that is not clear is where do I place this MAILTO environment
>> variable? Do I edit /etc/crontab and pace it next to the PATH variable
>> or maybe in /etc/periodic.conf or /etc/csh.cshrc or /boot/loader.conf?
> Only change MAILTO in the crontab if you wish *all* root's cron output
> to go to another user.

Ack, misread because I was in the middle of dealing with periodic.conf. 
Ignore the following. The setting goes at the top of the crontab, on a 
line by itself.

> If you just want periodic output to go to a different place, you need to
> change the periodic.conf variables {daily,weekly,monthly}_output and
> {daily,weekly,monthly}_security_output. Probably the best way of doing
> that is to add the following to /etc/periodic.conf
> # set this next line to whatever mail address you want
> daily_output="user at dom.ain"
> weekly_output="$daily_output"
> monthly_output="$daily_output"
> daily_security_output="$daily_output"
> weekly_security_output="$daily_output"
> monthly_security_output="$daily_output"
> If you do it that way you only have to change one mail address in the
> future if you want to change the target address.

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