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RE: getting cron to work -> status too large for sendmail?

cron does not use sendmail for mail delivery.
It uses a small program call ssmtp.  Before
trying to get cron to send email, be sure that
it is working properly without it.  Try a
simple cron job such as:

* * * * * pwd >> /tmp/pwd.txt


* * * * * /usr/bin/date >> /tmp/date.txt


* * * * * /usr/bin/env > /tmp/env.txt

If these do not produce what you expect,
then please run the attached script.  It
will attempt to diagnose problems with your
cron setup.  You may need to run it several
times because it stops each time it finds
a problem.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linda w (cyg) []
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 2:55 PM
> To:
> Subject: getting cron to work -> status too large for sendmail?
> I was trying to get cron to work -- it looks like it is
> invoking something on a regular basis, however, it is also
> trying to send the 1 line of output of cron job to the owner.
> In the process it includes the entire environment (in this case
> of the user who started cron, me). It includes the environment
> as Header lines:
> X-Cron-Env: <SESSIONNAME=Console>
> X-Cron-Env: <SHLVL=1>
> ...[78 more lines of Environment Variable listing]
> This causes sendmail to fail since apparently sendmail has a 4000
> character limit in the header.
> I don't know that I've seen cron include the entire environment
> as header lines before.  Is that normal behavior?
> Am I just exceptionally 'lucky' in that I've hit an obscure limit
> in sendmail or is this a limitation of sendmail on cygwin?
> Any ideas where I should start to address this would be appreciated.
> It seems slightly kludgey to, say write a manual script to clear 
> out the environment, but I dunno -- no more kludgy than hard 
> coding a 4000 character header limit...
> -linda
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