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The problem:

I'm trying to monitor daily for contacts meeting certain criteria, and would thus like to have a way to receive a scheduled email if a smart group contains contacts.

Possible solution: Using CiviReport?

CiviReport supports scheduled delivery of reports, configurable under a report's "Email Delivery" tab.

Is there a way to avoid sending the report if it contains no rows?

Alternately, I could do something in cron with drush sql-query or some such, but ideally I'd like to do this within CiviCRM.

Other options:

Are there other to achieve this goal within CiviCRM that would not require custom code?

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We've done just this using CiviRules and CiviReport, though the solution does still send emails if the smart group is empty.

I've outlined the steps here: https://civicrm.stackexchange.com/a/4873/105

  • Right, that's the very sticking point I'm trying to avoid -- should send no email if the smart group it's empty. Except for that point, CiviReport's own email feature would do fine for my use case. – TwoMice Jan 12 '17 at 5:12
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Have you tried using CiviCRM Rules integration? Not sure if it would work in the context of a scheduled job, but it can send emails.

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