Logwatch Installation

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Logwatch is a handy utility that can parse the system logs and send you details of system errors or issues with the server. Lets stick this on and set it up to mail the logs to an email address daily.

sudo apt-get install logwatch

As part of the installation, logwatch will install the postfix mailer which we need to configure on install. We will choose the option satellite system

Set the System mail name = your solaris.scottworld.net

When prompted for the relay host, enter: [ssl0.ovh.net]:465

For the mail outgoing mail to relay correctly we need to set a relayhost

sudo nano /etc/postfix/main.cf

Modify the parameters below

# See /usr/share/postfix/main.cf.dist for a commented, more complete version

# Debian specific:  Specifying a file name will cause the first
# line of that file to be used as the name.  The Debian default
# is /etc/mailname.
#myorigin = /etc/mailname

smtpd_banner = $myhostname ESMTP $mail_name (Ubuntu)
biff = no

# appending .domain is the MUA's job.
append_dot_mydomain = no

# Uncomment the next line to generate "delayed mail" warnings
#delay_warning_time = 4h

readme_directory = no

# TLS parameters
smtpd_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtpd_scache
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtp_scache
smtp_tls_wrappermode = yes
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt

# See /usr/share/doc/postfix/TLS_README.gz in the postfix-doc package for
# information on enabling SSL in the smtp client.

smtpd_relay_restrictions = permit_mynetworks permit_sasl_authenticated defer_unauth_destination
myhostname = scottworld.net
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
myorigin = /etc/mailname
mydestination = solaris.scottworld.net, localhost.scottworld.net, localhost
relayhost = [ssl0.ovh.net]:465

# Added to authentice SMTP with OVH
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous

# Added to re-map senders
sender_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/sender_rewrite

mynetworks = [::ffff:]/104 [::1]/128
mailbox_size_limit = 0
recipient_delimiter = +
inet_interfaces = loopback-only
inet_protocols = all

Create a file

nano /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

add the host and the account details.

ssl0.ovh.net           root@scottworld.net:password

Execute the command (to refresh the password table)

postmap /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Alias the sender account if needed by your ISP

If you dont have authorisation on your SMTP relay to send mail for the standard sender account (in this case root@scottworld.net) you can alias it.

nano /etc/postfix/main.cf (this line is already added to the sample above if you copied it)

sender_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/sender_rewrite

Now create /etc/postfix/sender_rewrite

sudo nano /etc/postfix/sender_rewrite

And add the following to allow the replay host to not be rejected as we don't own the address root@scottworld.net (this will alias the outgoing address)

/.*/      root@scottworld.net

Then run the following to enable the re-write.

postmap /etc/postfix/sender_rewrite

Restart postfix

sudo service postfix restart


You can now test logwatch and the email functionality is working with the following command.

logwatch --detail Med --mailto mark@scottworld.net

Monitor email errors with

tail -f /var/log/mail.log

All we need to do now to get a daily email is to add a cron job.

nano /etc/crond.d/logwatch

Add the following entry to send a mail at 1:00am every day running as root (use your email address please, I get enough spam)

0 01 * * * root /usr/sbin/logwatch --detail Med --mailto mark@scottworld.net

Emailing Tweaks

We may want to catch mail errors, so we need to set up a root mailing account and a few mail utilities. We should be good citizens and set this up as it will collect bounced emails.

sudo apt-get install mailutils

Install the mutt mail reader

sudo apt-get install mutt

Check 'roots' mailbox

sudo touch /var/mail/root
sudo chown root:root /var/mail/root
mutt -f /var/mail/root

You can test this by sending a mail to root@servername and reading it with mutt.