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I'm trying to get cron to run a bash script every 15 minutes to change my desktop background

running crontab -e I added


*/15 * * * * sh /home/ME/Documents/scripts/background.sh

(at first i didnt have the sh before the path of the script but read somewhere i needed that) But it doesnt seem to be running my script works fine if ran straight from the terminal so Dont think thats the problem.

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