[rancid] Rancid notification with SSMTP

Brian De Wolf bldewolf at csupomona.edu
Mon Jul 11 19:07:44 UTC 2011

On Mon, 11 Jul 2011 05:56:22 -0700
Hugo Deprez <hugo.deprez at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am trying to setup e-mail notification for rancid.
> I am currently using rancid 2.3.6 on Debian.
> On the server we are using SSMTP to send mail notification.
> My problem is that SSMTP does not support aliases.
> Is there a way to configure mail notification for rancid with ssmtp ?

I ran into this same problem (the lack of configurable recipients) when
I rolled out RANCID.  Instead of fiddling with my mail config, I
patched RANCID to be configurable.  I have attached the patch I made,
adjusted for 2.3.6.

Two caveats with this patch, now that I review it (it's been a while):
1) It restricts group names to valid environment variable names.  This
bit me when I first used it because I was using dashes.
2) It uses bashisms in control_rancid, so the shebang should probably
be /bin/bash or the "${!var}" expressions should be converted to
something like "$(eval "echo\$${var}")".

Good luck!
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