[OSM-dev] How to make osm2pgsql quiet?

Kai Krueger kakrueger at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 19:58:11 GMT 2012

On 12/19/2012 06:19 AM, Svavar Kjarrval wrote:
> Hi.
> I was wondering what methods you use to make osm2pgsql be quiet when run
> by crontab. It is very annoying to receive a everything-is-normal
> message every time I run it. I run it from within a shellscript since I
> need to execute other commands before and after it runs.

The others have already answered your main question, but in case your 
shellscript is used for minutely updates from cron, and you are 
interested, there is an example shell script to do this robustly at:


> Internet search resulted in a github fork[1] where somebody implemented
> a quiet support but hasn't been accepted into the main distribution. I
> tried the -q, --quiet and --silent parameters. I also tried to stick '>
> /dev/null' and '> /dev/null 2>&1' at the end of the osm2pgsql command
> within the shellscript with no effect.
> The only viable solution left, it seems, is to turn off e-mails from
> crontab completely. However, I do have other processes which I need to
> receive error messages from, including those within the shellscript.
> What would you recommend?
> [1] https://github.com/openstreetmap/osm2pgsql/pull/7
> - Svavar Kjarrval

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