[CentOS] [SOLVED] Need some help with logwatch.

James B. Byrne byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca
Tue Oct 27 15:28:37 UTC 2009

On Fri, October 23, 2009 14:22, James B. Byrne wrote:
> I am trying to get a logwatch summary emailed to a central address
> from a cron job.  The tasd was copied verbatim from a system which
> does this already.  Both are shown below.
> host1 crontab -l as root
> 45 7 * * * /usr/sbin/logwatch --service http --service imapd
> --service pop3 --service sshd --service vsftpd --service
> zz-disk_space --service zz-network --service zz-sys --mailto
> support at harte-lyne.ca
> host2 crontab -l as root
> 45 7 * * * /usr/sbin/logwatch --service http --service imapd
> --service pop3 --service sshd --service vsftpd --service
> zz-disk_space -- service zz-network --service zz-sys --mailto
> support at harte-lyne.ca   #Logwatch summary
> My problem is that only the first gets delivered to
> support at harte-lyne.ca.  The second gets delivered to
> root at host2.harte-lyne.ca and not to support. It has been a
> considerable time since I dealt with logwatch on the first machine
> and I cannot remember is there was any special configuration of
> logwatch itself to enable this to happen.  Does anyone know what I
> might be overlooking?

I thought after the pain I went through finding the solution for
this that some here might be amused to learn what the problem turned
out to be. Note this portion of the second, misbehaving, cron entry

> zz-disk_space -- service zz-network --service zz-sys --mailto

There is an errant space between -- and service for the --service
flag to the zz-network argument; and this caused all the difficulty.

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