Email now working with a cron job

  • Posted February 20, 2014

Hey all, really having a hard time figuring out what the hell is going on here.

I have setup my droplet to send emails through an SMTP server that is running microsoft exchange.

I have a PHP script that will send an email using mail() and it works fine if I open that script in a browser.

The problem arises when I set up a cron job to trigger that script. Then it doesn’t send.

And worse yet, it doesn’t send to only certain email addresses.

Once again, if I open the same file in a browser, it works fine.

To troubleshoot, I’ve removed everything in the php script except for the mail() line. It still has the same issue.

When I check the mail log, this is what I get:

Feb 20 01:11:32 <my hostname> sm-mta[17139]: s1JNS1Rl014657: to=<Email I’m Sending To>, delay=01:43:31, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=840740,, dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Connection timed out with

Any ideas on where to go next?


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You might consider webcron services like which will load a specific URL at a given time.

If the PHP script file works then it might be the cron I would assume. Is there a was you can share the cron config and file ?

No Ideas?

Bad title, sorry. Should be Email “Not” working obv.