[sf-lug] how to read root's email?

jim jim at well.com
Mon Dec 29 16:47:48 PST 2008

   consider using a monitoring tool such as nagios 
or osiris or phpadmin or some such. 
   seems no one will ever get around to reading 
/var/log/messages before there's a problem, and 
some argument they shouldn't (why scan blindly?). 
   can you use the mail client on your local 
systems to send mail to "out there"? if so, maybe 
set up a cron job to check root's mail and chown it 
or copy its contents and mail it to you? 
   rick's response seems worth chewing: what is 
your objection to running sendmail? okay to use 
sendmail as a normal process rather than a daemon? 
okay to use postfix or exim rather than sendmail, 
and if so, why? would be interesting to know your 

On Mon, 2008-12-29 at 12:23 -0800, Alison Chaiken wrote:
> I've gone completely over to web-based mail and, having just upgraded
> to Fedora 10, would prefer not to run sendmail on my local systems.
>   Nonetheless I still need to read root's email somehow.    One option
> would be to forward the messages to my web-based mail service but that
> requires running sendmail.    There's always "more /var/log/messages"
> but, realistically,  I won't get around to doing that before there's a
> problem.    What are other folks doing?

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