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Re: [SLE] Mysterious cron problem with Suse 9.3
  • From: Eric E <whalesuit@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 15:28:51 -0500
  • Message-id: <4390AE83.6080706@xxxxxxxxx>
Funny, I got the advice to use /usr/bin/touch from IRC... Anyway, it seems to be in both on my machine:

# which touch

# ls /bin/touch

Ken Schneider wrote:

On Fri, 2005-12-02 at 13:22 -0500, Eric E wrote:

Hi all,
I'm running Suse Linux 9.3, and I'm having problems with cron not actually running cron jobs. I suspect this is the kind of profile issue that commonly happens with cron jobs, but I don't have any idea how to debug it.

For example, if as root, I run crontab -e and enter the following very simple cron job:

22 12 * * * /usr/bin/touch /root/hello.root

In /var/log/messages, I have the following output:

Dec 2 12:21:23 hypervisor1 crontab[7015]: (root) BEGIN EDIT (root)
Dec 2 12:21:25 hypervisor1 crontab[7015]: (root) REPLACE (root)
Dec 2 12:21:25 hypervisor1 crontab[7015]: (root) END EDIT (root)
Dec 2 12:22:01 hypervisor1 /usr/sbin/cron[6536]: (root) RELOAD (tabs/root)

so it sure seems like cron is waking up, finding the job, and then going back to sleep. However, the file that should be touch-ed
is not there, and there are no error messages, either in /var/log/messages or as an email.

Can anyone give me advice on how to debug this problem, or why cron does not appear to be actually running the job?



The touch command is in /bin not /usr/bin. To verify use which touch to
find where it is on your system. On my 9.3 system it is under /bin.

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