[ALUG] Managing cron and similar E-Mails from headless systems

Jonathan McDowell noodles at earth.li
Fri Feb 17 12:06:51 GMT 2017

On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:58:34AM +0000, Chris Green wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:10:33AM +0000, Laurie Brown wrote:
> > On 17/02/17 10:33, Chris Green wrote:
> > > It's (moderately) easy to set up an MTA and /etc/aliases so that the
> > > messages are sent to my normal E-Mail.  However I can't come up with a
> > > straightforward way of indicating where the messsage is *from*.
> > > 
> > > You can't just invent a domain name for the headless system because
> > > that gets the E-Mail rejected by intermediate systems that try and
> > > look up the sender host name.  Cron doesn't seem to have any mechanism
> > > for setting the sender's name, cron errors just come from 'root@'.
> > > 
> > > Can anyone suggest a neat way of handling this so that I know where
> > > the errors are coming from?
> > 
> > Use SSMTP and set up the config file properly...
> > 
> I looked at SSMTP but it doesn't seem to be maintained and I can't see
> how to set the sender name either.
> As I said above setting the domain doesn't help because the domain
> used has to be a real domain which intermediate mail servers can look
> up to check.  So I can't just set the domain to rpi.isbd.co.uk because
> there isn't any such domain.
> If one could set a default From: line like:-
>     From: Rasberry Pi <root at isbd.co.uk>
> that would do the necessary but I can't see how to do it.

Exim on Debian uses /etc/email-addresses to determine how to expand
local address for outgoing mail. Perhaps that might help?


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