Linux send logs to my email every 4 hours

Hello, I need to create a Linux script that will send the faillog and the maillog located in var/log to my email address every 4 hours.
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All you need is a cron entry to run every 4 hours

Create a schedule
crontab -e

* */4 * * * mutt -a /path/faillog -a /var/log/maillog -s "Mail log $(date)"

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Other things you need to consider is whether you would need the entire files of just last few lines in each.  You could even put the lines since the last time you had sent.  Also, you need to decide whether you would need to send these logs in the body of email or as some attachment.  In any case it should be scheduled using the cron.

toocoolamdAuthor Commented:
If I could just put the lines from the last time it sent in the body of the email that would be great. I am a Linux noob so any help I can get is appreciated. If I wanted to use the command above would It just be set up as:
* */4 * * * mutt -a /path/faillog -a /var/log/maillog -s "Mail log $(date)"

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Suppose you want to see the last ten lines in the body of your email, then here would be the code to do this

Create file ~/


echo "** FAIL LOG **" > $TMPFILE
tail -10 /path/faillog >> $TMPFILE
echo "** MAIL LOG **" >> $TMPFILE
tail -10 /var/log/maillog >> $TMPFILE

cat $TMPFILE | mail -s "MAIL LOGS $(date)" $EMAIL_ADD

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If you want to send the log lines since the last time you sent it, you will have to keep a copy of your last send message.  Lets try this:

You can use the previous version or you can use this, if you like
Please adjust the names of MAILLOG and FAILLOG



echo "** FAILLOG **" > $TMPFILE
diff $FAILLOG $FAILLOG_TMP | egrep "[<>]" >> $TMPFILE
echo "** MAILLOG **" >> $TMPFILE
diff $MAILLOG $MAILLOG_TMP | egrep "[<>]" >> $TMPFILE

#Update the TMP FILES

cat $TMPFILE | mail -s "MAIL LOGS $(date)" $EMAIL_ADD

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toocoolamdAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much! I don't want to sound to stupid here, but Which MAILLOG and FAILLOG do I need to change? and why? Just curious. thank you.
No question stupid, it is better to clarify.

I mean adjust the paths, so your actual MAILLOG file may be, suppose


Then you have to write


I meant that you have to make sure those file exist and if the names are little different put the actual names.

Lastly, you need to make the script executable and put it in the cron

chmod +x /path/script

crontab -e -u <USER>
* */4 * * * /path/script

Again /path/script is just a supposed name.  Adjust this name to may be
Please feel free to clarify
toocoolamdAuthor Commented:
Okay!! That makes sense now! Thank you soo much! I'm going to test this all out here shortly! I appreciate it greatly!
Not a problem.  Glad to help and if you see any error messages, please do NOT panic.  Just let me know.
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