Software :: Vixie-Cron Not Running /etc/cron.d/

Feb 9, 2011

Is my vixie-cron broken? i have "0-59 * * * * root /usr/sbin/logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf" but it is not running in /etc/cron.d.


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Ubuntu Servers :: Cron Sending Email From Address / Change The Default Domain Name For Cron?

Apr 29, 2011

Can anyone tell me how i change the default domain name for cron?everything i cron runs it emails from and to

this leaves me with a massive list of failed mails in postfix.i have mailto on my main crontab but i cant do it on all of them.

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Fedora :: No Output From Cron Jobs In /etc/cron.daily

Jan 29, 2011

I have added some executable scripts to /etc/cron.daily but don't get the stdout/stderr output from them as mail (or anywhere else I have found). At least one of them is running (because I can see that it has added a file to the disk).

The peculiar thing is that I do get the output from /etc/cron.daily/0logwatch (part of the logwatch package) as an email each day.

The MAILTO line in /etc/crontab is "MAILTO=root" (unchanged from default). Same for /etc/anacrontab.

I do have an alias at the end of /etc/aliases which redirects root's mail to my own account, but this alias works fine for mail I send manually. (It also appears to work fine for the output from the file /etc/cron.daily/0logwatch.)

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cron's /etc/cron.daily/apt Not Upgrading?

Feb 25, 2010

It seems that cron is not upgrading my Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server, no GUI installed. I changed /etc/crontab and watched apt running:


ps -A | grep apt

showed it for a long time,


sudo tcpdump tcp

showed communication with canonical sites,




did not show any apt using CPU


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Ubuntu :: Do Cron Updates Erase Cron Entries

Sep 19, 2010

I put in my cron entries to run my backup script which rsyncs my data to my 2nd drive, however on a hunch I checked my backup drive which mounts automatically via fstab and I realize it had not ran in a while. I checked cron and there were no entries for it. I got to wondering if I should ever be worried about a cron update coming down and over-writing my existing cron file with the backup entries in it to run.

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CentOS 5 :: Setup A Cron In /var/spool/cron/root

Feb 16, 2010

I have set up a cron in /var/spool/cron/root

*/15 * * * * /usr/bin/

I can see in /var/log/cron that it is running every 15 minutes but it has no effect. It is not doing the commands in the bash script.

If I run /usr/bin/ right in the shell it works great.

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Programming :: Cron And Fsarchiver Reportedly Running Not Actually Running?

Jun 1, 2010

My root Vixie cron crontab is set to perform a system snapshot via fsarchiver: 0 0 * * * fsarchiver savefs -o -A /backups/p30_root.fsa /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 The command itself works fine, generating about a 7G snapshot of my Suse server. I then wish to rsync this to a NAS I have located in another building: 0 3 * * * rsync -av -e ssh --delete /backups/ root{at address}:/DataVolume/os_backups/

(yes, I'm rsyncing as root. I absolutely loathe it, but I got thrown into an quasi-SA position with a ridiculous to-do list and no time to do it. I'm having to make things just work and then go back and try to improve them/learn how. I couldn't make it work in a non-root way quick enough, so for now I'm having to cron rsync jobs as root because of all the differing file permissions on this samba/MySql server. I set the NAS to only accepts ssh from the server IP, and we're behind a campus firewall... It's serious trial by fire.) The crontab also has rsync commands for the samba areas, our specialized chemistry software and affiliated MySQL databases............

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OpenSUSE :: Cron Job Not Running Because Of Pam?

Oct 22, 2010

I am still an openSUSE noob and have been struggeling to get cron jobs running for the past couple of hours...without having success Hopefully a more experienced user can give me a hand As root I used crontab to setup some cron jobs:

crontab -u api-cebian -e
The resulting cronjob looks like this:


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Ubuntu :: Second Cron Job Isn't Running?

Jan 6, 2010

why my second cron job isn't running? The first one runs fine but the second one does not run at all. If I manually run the script using ./ then it does what it is supposed to but will not run from cron. It should run every weekday at 9:45am, it looks good to me but clearly I am doing something wrong.

# m h dom mon dow command
#This will backup my hosted websites.
0 2 * * * /home/bob/scripts/
#This will run check and upload it's contents to the net.
45 9 * * 1,2,3,4,5 /home/bob/scripts/

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Ubuntu :: Cron Job Is Not Running?

Oct 25, 2010

Cron refuses to work for a newbie.I am trying to setup a cron job to backup a folder in my home directory ('/home/scratch') to a folder ('home/internet_backup') that is mounted (using nfs) to a network folder.the folder ('home/internet_backup') is mounted correctly to the network folder upon system startup, so this part works.

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Ubuntu :: Cron Job Running But Nothing Happens?

Nov 5, 2010

I am making a webpage which is to be automatically generated every minute. I've created a cron job in crontab like this:

0-59 * * * * /usr/bin/php /var/www/site/updatestatistics.php > /dev/null

When I refresh the page 'updatestatistics.php' in my webbrowser it does generate a new page ('statistics.html', which is included in 'statistics.php'). But when I let this cron job do the job, nothing happens. I looked into the log file, it shows this:

(root) CMD (/usr/bin/php /var/www/site/updatestatistics.php > /dev/null)

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Ubuntu :: Cron Not Running On 9.10?

Apr 3, 2011

After saving a few sample scripts in crontab, I discovered that cron is not running properly on my Ubuntu 9.10 (32 bit), after a recent reinstallation. Please note that the files "/var/log/cron" and "/etc/defaults/rc.conf" are empty in my system.

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Server :: Cron Is Not Running ?

Jan 31, 2010

I want to make a cron job for my webserver, only it seems not to work...

I have now the followig to test (every 16th minute of the hour, write test to a file), but it doesn't show up. When I write out the cron, it is done to the file: /tmp/crontab.QXsBIO/crontab . How to make cron work? It must be very easy, but I have real troubles getting it fired up.

My Linux version is debian lenny and the cron file looks like (crontab -e):

(with trailing empty line at the end)

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Server :: Cron Not Running

Jun 15, 2011

Cron on one of my boxes isn't running and I failed to determine why.

Here are what I have found so far:


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CentOS 5 :: Cron Job Is Not Running

Jan 7, 2010

I have created a conjob via ssh by going to crontab -e and adding my scripts like 05 10 * * * /scripts/ file has 755 permissions and if I run the script manualy it works fine. I have checked the cron log and it does not show up as running at all.

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General :: Cron: Run A Process But Only If It Isn't Running?

Feb 10, 2011

Is there a way for me to tell cron to run an app BUT not run it if a process exist already?

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Ubuntu :: Cron Job Not Running - How To Make It Run

Mar 3, 2010

I have a cron job set up to backup my ~/ directory everyday at 10:00. But the cron job is not running. here is my confile that I loaded into crontab...


#backup everyday @ 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM
00 10 * * * /home/dave/bin/
30 10 * * * /home/dave/bin/


the *.sh are executable. I logged out and logged back in since I put the cronfile in crontab. The commands that I use in the *.sh files work fine when I run them manually.

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Ubuntu :: 9.10 - How To Know If Cron Running Program

Mar 25, 2010

I seem to be having a problem with cron. I have a python program that checks a specific directory for pending email scripts written in python.

import os
emaildir = os.environ['HOME']+"/email/"
filelist = os.listdir(emaildir)
for pyfile in filelist:
if pyfile.find(".py") > -1:

This code has been tested and works fine. The problem is that I need cron to run this code every 5 minutes but i can't tell if it is running: Here is my cron code:
5 * * * * /home/username/custom/ >>/home/username/custom/email.log 2>&1

I activated the log (I think) but all i get is /var/log/cron.log and that only logs when I activate/deactivate or edit the cron file. is there anything else i need to set for this to work? I am running Ubuntu 9.10.

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Ubuntu :: Running Script From Cron?

Mar 1, 2011

I still can't figure out why my cron job isn't working. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious, but it's got me beat

I know cron is executing my script (I had it echo some lines to a file at points within the script, and that text showed up, but none of the files/folders are being copied or removed)

crontab looks like this:

#m h dom mon dow command
*/20 * * * * /scripts/scriptname


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Ubuntu :: Cron Jobs Not Running?

Jun 2, 2011

I have a cron job that executes fine in opensuse 11.4. It is located in

jpablo /srv/django-apps/smcommand/scripts/

It is correct, I want it to execute every minute. Now, I copied the same script to ubuntu maverick, and it doesn't run. Perhaps there's some ubuntu peculiarity that I'm not aware of?

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Ubuntu :: Running Cron As Root?

Jun 25, 2011

I have an external usb hard drive that spins down every 10 min. The commands in 'hdparm' do nothing to override the internal settings. So, I wrote a script to touch a file every 5 minutes, and it will run as root because of the mount command, and I want it to run for every user. The script is executable, owned by root, and root is the group, with 755 permissions. in /usr/sbin:

# Script to keep external drive from spinning down
diskmounted=$(mount | grep Backup | wc -c)


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General :: Cron Job Not Running / Possible Reasons For This?

Oct 15, 2009

I have 3 cronjobs set up on my Unix server . Out of which 2 cron jobs run the same script but at different times and the other one runs another script.
So in the 2 jobs which are set to run for eg , One runs on Sunday at 8AM and the other runs monday to friday at 6 AM . How ever the Sunday cronjob works (runs through the crontab) but the Cron job set for Monday to Friday is not working. However manually if i run this script it workd perfectly.

Please let me know what could be the possible reasons for this?

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General :: Running Scripts With Cron

Jul 21, 2010

I have a script in /root/ .how can i run this script with cron? "how to give path to script?"

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Programming :: Cron Job Not Running / Sort It?

Aug 25, 2010

I am executing the script.

with help of cron job but it is not executing in cron job.

i check owner and chmod and create the file and execute manually it is working fine but in cron job i set below

Crontab -e

8 14 * * * /home/tplinux/webapp/tpadminhost/collect_ejxml/


after that wait till that time but script is giving message no such file in directory but same thing is excute manually it is running fine and found the files.
Below is my script details
file name code...

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General :: Running Git-svn With Cron Results In Garbage

Mar 25, 2010

I've setup a git-svn repo with cron to fetch from the svn repo daily. I have a script to do the fetching, and this is what is invoked by cron. Everything is fine with the repo, and the script works fine when executed manually. However, when it runs under cron, empty files get dropped into the .git directory. The files have names that look like they are some base64 output, e.g. juTrvjP6m8 and kcKf3hu3b4. Two of these files show up for every cron run. I thought these might be commit hashes, but they're not, git-show says it's an unknown revision. I set-up the repo as follows:


The last line pushes the repo to a separate (bare) public repo from which others can clone. I'm piping the output from the cron job to a file, which looks like this:


The line "fatal: unable to run 'git-svn'" is alarming, but the fetch seems to go ahead anyway. Where are these empty garbage files coming from, and how to stop them? Am I in for bigger problems in the future?

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Ubuntu :: Cron Jobs Are Not Running And Can't Seem To Figure Out?

Mar 16, 2010

For some reason my cron jobs are not running and I can't seem to figure out why.
Here is crontab -l



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Ubuntu :: Cron Not Running Any Jobs In Lucid?

May 10, 2010

I use crontab for a daily alarm clock, which stopped working after I moved to Lucid.

$ crontab -l
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Ubuntu :: Cron Jobs Stopped Running?

Jun 2, 2011

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a new Dell PowerEdge.

I built the system ~2 months ago and have successfully been running a list of cronjobs.

The jobs last ran on 5/31/11 at 7:35am. Since then none of the jobs have run.

I see "cron" in the process list when I run ps.

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General :: Running Shell Scripts With Cron

Sep 24, 2009

I've been having a bit of trouble running a shell script with cron. A friend of mine does a community radio show and the station has a live stream but no podcasts, so I've set up a script to record the stream and encode it as an mp3 while I'm away using mplayer and lame -that's what I'm trying to do anyway.

Here's the script, but it doesn't seem to run- at least, I don't see any of the files it should be outputing, would they be in the cron.weekly directory (where I have the script) or in my home directory?

#This is a script to record 'The Unnamed Show'

#it will record the show from the live stream, then convert the output #to an MP3

#Finally, it will delete any files no longer required HOME=/home/byron/

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Software :: Running A Shell Script From Cron ?

Jul 1, 2010

Im having some difficulties with running a shell script from cron which I am unable to resolve for almost 2 days now.

For testing purposes, im trying this with simple shell script with chmod 777

This script is located at /var
When I type /var/ it runs perfectly and prints asdasdasd
When I type /var/ > /home/log it writes asdasdasd to /home/log - works

The problem occurs whenever I add it as a cron job to var/spool/cron/crontab/root

There is: 11 10 * * * /var/ > /home/log - however, at 10:11 there is no file at /home/log

Cron as a service works, forexample, every day at 4 am it makes this backup sshpass -p xxxx rsync -avz -e ssh root@x.x.10.7:/data/backup/ /home/backups/isp_admin


doesnt makes the folder

Where is the catch?

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