Make cron send emails only on errors
>/dev/null 2>&1. Use https://habilis.net/cronic/.
Cronic (somehow aka
chronic, do they refer to the same thing?) has been a perfect workaround of the design failure of cron.
According to the official website of Cronic:
Cronic is a small shim shell script for wrapping cron jobs so that cron only sends email when an error has occurred. Cronic defines an error as any non-trace error output or a non-zero result code.
Clear enough. In other words, cronic only prints output when the script that it wraps encounters an issue, otherwise it runs silently.
On CentOS, install
chronic with the following command:
$ yum install moreutils
and edit your crontab:
$ crontab -e
>/dev/null 2>&1, add
chronic at the beginning of the command, like so:
0 1 * * * cronic backup