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Stop the php5 cron emails

Hi, I have installed SSMTP - and everything works, but now I’m getting some Cron emails that I wasn’t expecting.

I’ve tried a number of things to try to disable them, but nothing seems to be working.

Delivered: root@windfarmstudios.com → postmaster@windfarmstudios.com 'Cron <root@windfarm> [ -x /usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime ] && [ -x /usr/lib/php5/sessionclean ] && [ -d /var/lib/php5 ] && /usr/lib/php5/sessionclean /var/lib/php5 $(/usr/lib/php5/maxlifetime) > /dev/null 2>&1'

I’ve tried adding mailto="" before the cron command. I’ve also tried appending > /dev/null 2>&1 as you can see above.

Anyone have some suggestions?

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Chaining the commands this way should result in a single exit which would have it’s output redirected to /dev/null preventing the email but without seeing the exact line in the crontab it’s hard to tell for sure.

The mailto option to stop all cron related emails can be done like this.

Open /etc/crontab in an editor

You should see these lines:

SHELL=/bin/sh
PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin

Directly after those, append:

MAILTO=""

Then save the file and run

service cron restart

and the change should take effect.