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Re: Cron Daemon backup message too big

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 11:28:35AM -0400, Haines Brown wrote:
> For a long time I've done back ups by having cron run a script
> regularly. At a certain point (can't recall the circumstances) that
> ceased to work, and I've had to initiate the backups by hand. 
> What happens is that Cron Daemon sends me a message that reports backup
> progress, That is, I suppose there is one line in the message for every
> file backed up. However, at a certain point, the message gets too big
> and the backup terminates. I get a message from cron to the effect,
> "mail failure - message too big". 
> My guess is that I am exceeding the message size limit in exim (default
> is 50Mb). I suppose I could simply configure exim to accept larger
> messages by having:
>   message_size_limit = 500 MB
> (not sure of syntax here), but I'd prefer that cron simply not send me
> messages for this job. Is there any way I can modify my backup script to
> tell cron to be silent or to send its report instead to a temporary log
> file?

cron will send you any output your script has. You just have to rewrite 
your script so that it doesn't produce any output.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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