Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

UNIX sendmail not working properly

Posted on 2011-03-14
8
375 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I write the attached notification email in UNIX shell script on Solaris10 server. The email that I receive only shows the subject correctly but the Body of the email is blank. What am I doing incorrectly?
#!/bin/sh
    tmp=/tmp/mail-body-`date +%F`;
    touch $tmp && chmod 600 $tmp;
    TO='me@myco.com';
    CC='me@myco.com';
    FROM='me2@myco.com';
    SUBJECT='ETL JOB2';
    MIMEVersion='1.0';
    CONTENTType='text/html; charset=us-ascii';
    BODY='ETL successfully completed';

    echo Sending the mail.
    echo -e "To: $TO" > $tmp;
    echo -e "Cc: $CC" >> $tmp;
    echo -e "From: $FROM" >> $tmp;
    echo -e "Content-Type: $CONTENTType">>$tmp;
    echo -e "MIME-Version: $MIMEVersion">>$tmp;
    echo -e "Subject: $SUBJECT">>$tmp;
    echo -e "Body: $BODY">>$tmp;

    /usr/sbin/sendmail -t < $tmp;

    rm -rf $tmp;

Open in new window

0
Comment
Question by:toooki
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:subratabiswas
ID: 35135605
Try to insert a blank line before the body.

"Body:" tag is not required.
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:subratabiswas
ID: 35135614
If you add "Body:" in the message, that string will also be included in the message. What is required is a blank line after the "Subject:" and before the actual message body.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:sentner
ID: 35138641
Looks like you're overcomplicating things.  You don't need to set a mime type, or content type.  As subratabiswas said, just put a blank line between the subject and body.  

    echo "To: $TO" > $tmp;
    echo "Cc: $CC" >> $tmp;
    echo "From: $FROM" >> $tmp;
    echo "Subject: $SUBJECT">>$tmp;
    echo >>$tmp
    echo  "$BODY">>$tmp;

0
NFR key for Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365

Veeam is happy to provide a free NFR license (for 1 year, up to 10 users). This license allows for the non‑production use of Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 in your home lab without any feature limitations.

 

Author Comment

by:toooki
ID: 35153749
Many thanks for all the help.
    echo -e "Subject: $SUBJECT">>$tmp;

    echo -e "Body: $BODY">>$tmp;


Just adding the extra blank line between the above two lines worked.
But actually I have been trying to put the content of one text file into the $BODY variable.
I tried

    /bin/cat /usr/home/w12345/templog.txt >> $BODY
    echo -e "Body: $BODY">>$tmp;

But cannot make it work. What is the correct syntax here? Thanks.
   
0
 
LVL 4

Expert Comment

by:subratabiswas
ID: 35154440
You are trying to assign the contents of the whole file into the vriable and then trying the echo that variable into the mail file. Instead, do the straight and easy way; just cat the content of the file into the mail file

echo "To: $TO" > $tmp;
echo "Cc: $CC" >> $tmp;
echo "From: $FROM" >> $tmp;
echo "Subject: $SUBJECT">>$tmp;
echo >>$tmp
/bin/cat   /usr/home/w12345/templog.txt   >>   $tmp
0
 

Author Comment

by:toooki
ID: 35178053
Thank you..

Yes the
/bin/cat   /usr/home/w12345/templog.txt   >>   $tmp

works somewhat..

Problem is that the email content cannot recognize the newline characters in the templog.txt file. So the contents of /usr/home/w12345/templog.txt  come as single line in the email.

If I echo >>$tmp it shows the contents correctly.

So I need to make some changes in the email header ??
CONTENTType='text/html; charset=us-ascii';  ??

The email I receive is in HTML format (gmail).
 
0
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
subratabiswas earned 475 total points
ID: 35178584
If you decide to send HTML and maintain the typed format, you may use <PRE> tag around the message body; HTML by itself processes whitespaces in its own way.

You may consider removing content type from the email header altogether. It does not make sense to indicate message type = 'HTML' and not having a real HTML body.
0
 

Author Comment

by:toooki
ID: 35317962
It worked finally the way you said. Sorry for delayed reply.
Thank you very much.
0

Featured Post

VMware Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

In this expert guide, you’ll learn about the components of a Modern Data Center. You will use cases for the value-added capabilities of Veeam®, including combining backup and replication for VMware disaster recovery and using replication for data center migration.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Many people tend to confuse the function of a virus with the one of adware, this misunderstanding of the basic of what each software is and how it operates causes users and organizations to take the wrong security measures that would protect them ag…
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how we can use conditional statements using Python.
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…
Hi friends,  in this video  I'll show you how new windows 10 user can learn the using of windows 10. Thank you.

839 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question