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Need help with script

linux65linux65 Posts: 1
edited January 2015 in Red Hat Enterprise


I am using red hat enterprise linux server release 5.7

I am trying to send an email from one directory called bin.I am trying to run a shell script from that location. The output file is located in the directory named temp.

I am able to send file if it is hardcoded. But if it is having a timestamp on the end of the file. I am not able to send it.

TSTAMP ='date + %Y%m%d%H%M%S'

the syntax what i am using is mentioned below.

cat $filename | mail -s "test email" [email protected]

The above cat command is in if condition.

what i need is the content of the $filename should be displayed in the body of the email.

The below command works for a hard coded file for me.

echo $filename
cat /temp/filename.20150101171152 | mail -s "test email" [email protected]

Can you help me please

Thank You


  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    Have you considered adding the timestamp on the subject to simplify output and using the -q option to send the file contents?

    Another option would be to output the timestamp into a file in tmp, then append the testfile on the end, send the file as the message and then delete the temp file.

    The second option is below:
    TSTAMP ='date + %Y%m%d%H%M%S'
    cat ${TSTAMP}>\tmp\${filename}
    cat ${filepath}${filename}>>${temppath}${filename}
    mail -q ${temppath}${filename} -s "test email" [email protected]
    rm ${temppath}${filename}
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