Im writing a script, and I want it to alert me via text message. I can send my self texts via things like gmail using: "number@vtext.com", and I can send emails to gmail using the mail command, but when I try to get my script to send me a text message, I never get it, I'm not sure why.

set -vx
m="The cookie jar is open."
s="Give me a cookie"
num="0000000000"    #fake number for this post.
echo -e $m | mail -s $s  $num$id  

How can I send sms to my cellphone? what am I doing wrong?

my carrier is verison.

  • If you have your system able to send via command line setup like linode.com/docs/email/postfix/… then you might be missing quotes like echo -e "$m" | mail -s "$s" $num$id I don't think the -e is needed. I send from my scripts and I don't have the -e. – Terrance Apr 26 '18 at 13:39
  • -e was for something else not included, but I don't think it should hurt the overall functionality either. Ill give your recommendation a try, thanks or looking. – j0h Apr 26 '18 at 13:54
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    The system running this, is this on a Residential connection, or is it a dedicated server like a VPS? Most residential ISPs are 'blacklisted' for email sources, and aren't permitted to send emails out as an SMTP / Mail Origin point. (unless it's routed over GMail or a third-party server which actually handles the sending of the message to the destination 'address') – Thomas Ward Apr 26 '18 at 14:01
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    @j0h Have you tried to send something to your phone by using your GMail Web App? – Terrance Apr 26 '18 at 15:49
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    Check your /var/log/mail.log when you try to send. It might help pinpoint more of what is going on. – Terrance Apr 26 '18 at 17:47

If using gmail you will have to enable "less secure apps" as done here https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6010255?hl=en

I ran across the same problem in windows using CDO.Message and had to inform gmail that I was using "less secure apps" before my text message would work.

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