Systemd Mail

In this small article I am going to explain how to setup a small systemd service for notifications in case of failing systemd services.

You’ll need the following software for it:

  • systemd
  • a mail transfer agent (postfix, qmail, exim, name your poison)
  • sendmail (or any other application that can send mails)

I chose sendmail. First create /usr/local/bin/systemd-mail:


sendmail -i -t <<ERRMAIL
To: <your mail address>
From: systemd <root@$HOSTNAME>
Subject: [$HOSTNAME] $1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

$(systemctl status --full "$1")

Then create this systemd service:

Description=status email for %i to user

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/systemd-email %i

The parameter %i works as variable for the corresponding systemd services.

Now you can add the following Line to every systemd service you like to monitor (the line has to be in the [Unit] section): OnFailure=systemd-email@%n.service. %n contains the name of the service, that way it will be correctly replaced in the subject of the mail.

You can also use other keywords than OnFailure. Just checkout the systemd man pages.

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2019-10-12 13:46 +0000