Daily emails from Cron to Root

  • Posted December 10, 2014

I recently Installed postfix (and I redirected all emails to Gmail) every day I receive an email from Cron to root@mydomain, that contains this message:

/etc/cron.daily/logrotate: initctl: invalid command: reopen-logs Try `initctl --help’ for more information. invoke-rc.d: initscript php5-fpm, action “reopen-logs” failed. error: error running non-shared postrotate script for /var/log/php5-fpm.log of '/var/log/php5-fpm.log ’ run-parts: /etc/cron.daily/logrotate exited with return code 1

the things that I have done recently:

  • my Host name was not a fully qualified domain name so I changed it in Ubuntu hostname file to a domain (probably unrelated :) )
  • I read somewhere to change cron mailto to " " will solve the problem. is it true?



Changing mailto will keep the error from showing up, but you will still have the specified problem. Are you sure that is what you want to do?

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It looks like this is a known bug in the php5 package: Bug #1230917 “php5-fpm logrotate errors after package switched t…” : Bugs : php5 package : Ubuntu.

You can manually fix it so that you don’t have to wait for a package update to be pushed.

Edit /etc/logrotate.d/php5-fpm and replace

		invoke-rc.d php5-fpm reopen-logs > /dev/null



Then, create a file in /usr/lib/php5 called php5-fpm-reopenlogs:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/php5
sudo touch /usr/lib/php5/php5-fpm-reopenlogs
sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/php5/php5-fpm-reopenlogs

with the following content:

[ -r /etc/default/php5-fpm ] && . /etc/default/php5-fpm
CONF_PIDFILE=$(sed -n 's/^[[:space:]]*pid[[:space:]]*=[[:space:]]*//p' $CONFFILE)
[ -r "$PIDFILE" ] && kill -USR1 $(cat "$PIDFILE") > /dev/null
exit 0

Hi. strangely I didn’t receive an email for your response to my question. anyway… I’m grateful for your help