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Don't spam root. Log your cronjob output to syslog

Terminal - Don't spam root. Log your cronjob output to syslog
*/5 * * * * root /usr/local/nagios/sbin/nsca_check_disk 2>&1 |/usr/bin/logger -t nsca_check_disk
2010-07-02 00:47:05
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Don't spam root. Log your cronjob output to syslog

This command will log the output of your simple cronjobs to syslog, and syslog will take it from there. Works great for monitoring scripts which only produce simple output.

Advantages:

* This can be used by regular users, without modifying system files like /etc/syslog.conf

* Reduce cron spam to [email protected] (Please stop spaming the sysadmins)

* Uses common tools like syslog (and logrotate) so that you don't need to maintain yet another krufty logfile.

* Still ensures that the output is logged somewhere, for posterity. Perhaps it's stored the secure, central syslog server, for example.

* Seems to work fine on Ubuntu, CentOS, FreeBSD & MacOSX

Alternatives

There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

Even better, add something like this to syslog.conf:

local0.* /var/log/mycronlog

Then use "logger -p local0.info -t Tag " and your log entries will go to their own log file.

Comment by SuperFly 321 weeks and 3 days ago

However, @SuperFly's command requires that you maintain (and logrotate) yet another logfile, and that you have access to modify `/etc/syslog.conf` .

Comment by StefanLasiewski 154 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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