[pve-devel] [PATCH v3 pve-docs 5/5] notifications: add documentation for system mail forwarding

Lukas Wagner l.wagner at proxmox.com
Fri Nov 10 15:57:53 CET 2023

Signed-off-by: Lukas Wagner <l.wagner at proxmox.com>

    Changes v2 -> v3:
      - Dropped paragraph about target/policy, since we now do routing in

 notifications.adoc | 16 ++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 16 insertions(+)

diff --git a/notifications.adoc b/notifications.adoc
index 764ec72..f0eee9d 100644
--- a/notifications.adoc
+++ b/notifications.adoc
@@ -231,6 +231,7 @@ Notification Events
 | Cluster node fenced          |`fencing`          | `error`  | `hostname`
 | Storage replication failed   |`replication`      | `error`  | -
 | Backup finished              |`vzdump`           | `info` (`error` on failure) | `hostname`
+| Mail for root                |`system-mail`      | `unknown`| -
@@ -240,6 +241,21 @@ Notification Events
 | `hostname` | Hostname, including domain (e.g. `pve1.example.com`)
+System Mail Forwarding
+Certain local system daemons, such as `smartd`, generate notification emails
+that are initially directed to the local `root` user. {pve} will
+feed these mails into the notification system as a notification of
+type `system-mail` and with severity `unknown`.
+When the forwarding process involves an email-based target
+(like `sendmail` or `smtp`), the email is forwarded exactly as received, with all
+original mail headers remaining intact. For all other targets,
+the system tries to extract both a subject line and the main text body
+from the email content. In instances where emails solely consist of HTML
+content, they will be transformed into plain text format during this process.

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