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Old 03-05-2009, 12:32 AM
David Karr
Default How to get cron job to mail output only if non-empty

I have a (root) cron job definition like the following:

0 0 * * * /usr/bin/clamscan --no-summary -r --reload --log=/var/log/clamav/clamscan.log -i / | mail -s "Virus scan found something" davidmichaelkarr@gmail.com

This works fine when it finds something (I tested it with a fake virus file), but what I didn't expect is that "mail" sends the mail even if the output is empty. It would be straightforward to extend this into a shell script that writes the output to a temp file, then only pipes it into "mail" if the output is non-empty, and then deletes the temp file.* Is there an "easier" (that can mean many things) way to do this?

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