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I have tried setting MAILTO="" under /etc/crontab and /etc/default/cron, but I still receive mail notifications from cron. Is there a single place to disable all mail from cron, as opposed to per-task output redirection?


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Open sudo crontab -e on terminal. At the top of the file set MAILTO=""

This should help you to disable email.

If need you can restart the cron using command /etc/init.d/crond restart

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Well now I'm embarrassed. Having read many similar answers I tried going "under the hood" too much for my own good... Thanks a lot! –  ezequiel-garzon Sep 3 '12 at 14:26

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