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Old 10-19-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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Sending Mail via cron every hour without user input.

I am running linux (mandrake) and need to setup a script to send a test email every hour using cron. Cron is not my problem, the mail command is. I tried this:

mail "" -s "test email"

at this point I want "`date`" to be the body of the email and then send. But I can't get it to without manually doing `date` and the "Enter" and the "Control-D" and then go through the "Cc" of which I don't even want.

I am sure this is fairly simple but I am new to Linux and not up to speed on all the command switches, etc.

Thanks for any help.
Old 10-25-2004, 02:55 PM   #2
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Try to pipe input to the mail command. Try
echo `date` | mail "" -s "Test mail"
if that doesn't work try adding a - at the end of the line above.


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