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I have ports open on a Mac for specific services. Is there a way to have the OS report through e-mail (Smtp) once a connection is established to one of the ports of interest?

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The simplest solution - to use crontab. Create a file similar to the following:

while [ $t -gt 0 ]; do
ports="$(netstat -n | grep "ESTABLISHED" | awk '{print $4}' | grep -E '.*\.(80|5500|and other interested ports)$')"
if [ "$ports" ];
then t=0; echo $ports | mail -s "subject"
sleep 3

Save it as and make it executable: chmod +x /path/to/ Create in your user directory .crontab file:

*/20 * * * * /path/to/

Checking will be executed every 3 seconds, but the difference in time between the notifications will not be less than 20 minutes, so as not to make it into a spam. You can change these numbers to other, what right for you. And finally - you need to specify the crontab daemon to file: crontab ~/.crontab

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Thanks, perhaps I will try to accomplish this with CronniX – orlando lopez May 10 '12 at 22:36

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