cron job output, by default

Mike McGinn mikemcginn at
Tue Apr 28 16:28:30 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 28 April 2009 12:19:31 pm Jack Bates wrote:
> How is cron job output delivered by default?
> I think cron job output is usually mailed to the user, but understand
> that Ubuntu doesn't come with an MTA by default,
> ^ This message mentions "Change anacron, at, and cron to abuse the
> interactive upgrade hooks
> ( to deliver output
> to the user if sendmail isn't there or fails to execute"
> - but the Ubuntu cron documentation doesn't say how output is delivered
> by default,
> How is cron job output delivered by default?
It is not -- if no MTA is installed. Furthermore, it does not run user cron 
jobs well without an MTA. Luckily exim is a no brainer to set up.

Mike McGinn
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