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Old 07-20-2007, 08:57 AM   #1
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/usr/bin/mail doent work


Hi guys,

I am new to ubuntu. I just installed kubuntu 7.04 on my workstation at work.

I installed sendmail and mailutils, to be able to send mails from command-line and also from scripts.

I have following script set in my crontab which doesnt work now.

Even from command line, the /usr/bin/mail program doesn't work. It hangs for ever.

Code:
/#!/bin/bash

RECEPIENT="e.mail@gmail.com"

mail -s "**Reminder: Time to write summary !" e.mail@gmail.com <<  EOF
Date: `date +"%F %T"`
EOF
any idea ?

regards,
Hardik

Last edited by rangalo; 07-20-2007 at 08:59 AM.
 
Old 07-20-2007, 09:51 AM   #2
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Change

/#!/bin/bash

to

#!/bin/bash
 
Old 07-20-2007, 09:56 AM   #3
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hi,

Thanks for pointing out. It was just a typo occurred when I tried to paste it. In the original script it is not there. The script was working till yesterday perfectly well on the same system. Today, I executed dist-upgrade and firefox was upgraded. I think the problem has started after that. But, I fail to see any connection.

PS: As I already mentioned, the problem is not with the script. Running the mail (/usr/bin/mail) doesn't work either.

regards,
Hardik

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Old 07-20-2007, 02:52 PM   #4
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Well what happens when you run the command manually?

Do try escaping the !. But also, you may be using it wrong. Here:
Code:
alucard@organa:~$ mail -s "**Reminder: Time to write summary \!" e.mail@gmail23353.com<ENTER>
testing  1 2 3<ENTER>
.<ENTER>
Cc:<ENTER>
And it tries to send (but bounces due to the fake address):
Jul 20 14:50:44 organa postfix/smtp[9652]: 912D140282: to=<e.mail@gmail23353.com>, relay=smtp.comcast.net[204.127.192.17]:25, delay=1.4, delays=0.08/0.08/1/0.19, dsn=5.0.0, status=bounced (host smtp.comcast.net[204.127.192.17] said: 550 [PERMFAIL] destination not valid within DNS (in reply to RCPT TO command))
 
Old 07-23-2007, 04:03 AM   #5
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

Even if I try totally different subject, it delivers no mail. Here is the output I get when running manually from command line.

Code:
mail -s "subject" h.mehta@dresdner-cetelem.de
Cc: h.mehta@ctlm.de
lkfjd
lkjdfd
lkdjf

[2]+  Stopped                 mail -s "subject" h.mehta@dresdner-cetelem.de
I stopped it with ctrl+z which is generally the EOF character.

regards,
Hardik
 
Old 07-23-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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No, ctrl+D is the EOF character. Ctrl+z is the Background Process character.

Quote:
Originally Posted by man mail
Code:
   Sending mail
     To send a message to one or more people, mail can be invoked with arguments which are the
     names of people to whom the mail will be sent.  You are then expected to type in your mes-
     sage, followed by a control-D ('^D') at the beginning of a line.
You can also try ending your message with a period on its own line, as in my example.
 
Old 07-24-2007, 11:19 AM   #7
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Hi,

Ctrl+D doesn't work. It doesn't react to it.

I also tried like this..

Code:
$mail -s "subject" e.mail@gmail.com << EOF
>lkdjfd
>ldkfjd
>dflkdjf
>EOF
And again, I get now response. The funny thing is the script called from the crontab now started working. But the command-line version doesn't work.

regards,
Hardik
 
Old 07-24-2007, 01:06 PM   #8
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Ctrl+D sure works for me. (it then asks me for any CC: addresses). So I don't know what your problem is.
 
Old 09-14-2007, 09:53 AM   #9
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Sorry to revive an old thread but I have a similar problem.

I'm trying to send an email from a script using the mail command and the email gets immediately delivered to the local mailbox and never goes out. I think its a problem with a configuration file, but I'm not sure how or where to configure.
 
  


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