Send Email for yum-cron Update

Tell me when you yum

When using yum-cron, you might want to receive email notifications when updates are applied. Here is how you enable these notifications for CentOS. This article assumes a properly configured mail service.

Installing yum-cron

Install yum-cron using the yum package manager:

yum install yum-cron

Configure yum-cron

Modify the /etc/sysconfig/yum-cron file and add your email address to the MAILTO line.

Be sure to read up on the other settings in this file. You can disable automatic updates and only have the system send the notification.

Start yum-cron

Start the service, and enable it to automatically start on system boot.

chkconfig yum-cron on
service yum-cron start

That’s all you need to do. If you don’t receive an email, make sure your mail daemon is configured and working properly.