logwatch/SMTP problem resolved, plus one more question about cron tasks
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions regarding my logwatch
problem, which I am happy to say I have now fixed.
The main problem was that Debian, unlike Fedora, does not
automatically include logwatch. Therefore I was convinced that I
must use the preinstalled and similarly named logrotate to email
myself system logs, so naturally the man page that I read had
unfamiliar options, so I was confused.
The solution to the problem was therefore to install logwatch, to
minimally edit its config files, and add it to /etc/cron.daily. The
logwatch emails from my NAT'ed laptop were going to my SPAM folder, so
I had to reconfigure my mailer to solve that problem. I'm still not
getting messages from rkhunter, so that I will have to investigate
A lingering question is, should I edit root's crontab to run my backup
script, or just put it in /etc/cron.<frequency>? As far I can tell,
root should always use /etc/cron.<frequency> and users are forced to
use "crontab -e" since they can't edit /etc. Is this correct? Or
is using root's crontab sometimes indicated?
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