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Mysterious cron problem with Suse 9.3
  • From: Eric E <whalesuit@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 13:22:08 -0500
  • Message-id: <439090D0.7040602@xxxxxxxxx>
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?

Thanks,

Eric


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