Scripting problem

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Sun Oct 8 05:59:51 UTC 2017

I'm writing a bash script to create a db backup and email it to me once a 
day. I'm munged some parts to not reveal details

I'm having a problem with this line:

/usr/local/bin/mutt -s $SUBJECT -i $MESSAGE -a $FILENAME -- 
pschmehl at < /dev/null

Right before this line are these lines:
ADDRESS="pschmehl at mydomain"
SUBJECT="Today's db backup"

>From the commandline this runs fine, but the script returns an error:

Error sending message, child exited 67 (User unknown.).
Could not send the message.

The mail is sent, and when it's received, the subject line is Today's. When 
I look in the maillog, mutt tried to send email to db at hostname and 
backup at hostname.

I changed the subject to Backup, and the error goes away.

I'm running FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE and the script is written in bash.

Why would mutt do this?

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