Bug 230589 - periodic scripts generate spurious emails
Summary: periodic scripts generate spurious emails
Status: New
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: conf (show other bugs)
Version: 12.0-RELEASE
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Many People
Assignee: freebsd-bugs (Nobody)
Keywords: patch
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-08-13 09:10 UTC by topical
Modified: 2019-01-22 07:19 UTC (History)
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Make "check_diff new_only" not generate spurious emails (993 bytes, text/plain)
2018-08-13 09:10 UTC, topical
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Description topical 2018-08-13 09:10:37 UTC
Created attachment 196152 [details]
Make "check_diff new_only" not generate spurious emails

Many periodic scripts check log files and generate an email if there is something new.

Often, you receive spurious emails like this:

> myhost kernel log messages:
> -- End of security output --

Obviously, there are no log messages to report.

Reason is a logic error in "check_diff new_only" which should generates a message only if there are new lines in given log. Unfortunately, a message is also generated if there are __removed__ lines, even though those removed lines are not shown (and not meant to be shown).

I've attached a fix.
Comment 1 topical 2019-01-22 07:19:38 UTC
I still get spurious get emails from periodic security scripts.

Could you/someone please apply the patch?