[Grml] How to set a different mail program for crontab

Frank Terbeck ft at grml.org
Thu Aug 14 10:50:19 CEST 2008

Peter <vmail at mycircuit.org>:
> Is there a way to make cron use a different mail programm, say nail 
> instead of the default mail program. I found various env vars (MAIL, 
> MAILPATH) related to email but none to specify the mail program itself.

I don't know, if I get your question quite right...

You mean another program to read the mails cron sends to you?

Are you doing this?
    % mail

If so, you can use about every mail user agent, you want to. Just tell
it, where the mailbox is that gets all the mails from cron.

Unless you did change the default setup (and it sounds like you
didn't), it is likely to be in /var/spool/mail/<username>; which is an
mbox type file, that is supported by virtually every MUA out there.

If I did not understand your question correctly, rephrase.

Regards, Frank

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