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Re: Cron problem
On Mon, 10 Oct 2005, Orfeo Da Via wrote:
> Hi Igor,
> > We can't tell you where you are wrong until you tell us what you mean by
> > cron "not working"... Does the crontab fail to execute correctly (i.e.,
> > every minute after 10:00?
> first I'm sorry for my poor English...
No need to apologize. Besides, it's not *that* poor... :-)
> in order to explain you what I mean when I wrote "cron does't work",
> I try with the same command in my linux box (debian sid)
> $ uname
> $ export VISUAL=zile
> $ crontab -e
> ...edit the file..
Hmm, one detail that's missing: when was the above done? Before 8:00, or
> $ crontab -l
> * 8 * * * /bin/date >> /home/calox/tmp/date.out 2>&1
> $ date
> Mon Oct 10 08:48:36 CEST 2005
> $ ls -l /home/calox/temp
> total 4
> -rw-r--r-- 1 calox calox 180 Oct 10 08:54 date.out
> $ cat tmp/date.out
> Mon Oct 10 08:49:01 CEST 2005
> Mon Oct 10 08:50:01 CEST 2005
> Mon Oct 10 08:51:01 CEST 2005
> Mon Oct 10 08:52:01 CEST 2005
> Mon Oct 10 08:53:01 CEST 2005
> Mon Oct 10 08:54:01 CEST 2005
> for me, in this example, cron "works", i.e. in ~/tmp directory I found
> the file date.out. In cygwin, with the same crontab, the ~/tmp dir is
I see. Again, did you edit the crontab before 8:00, or after? If after,
did you wait a day?
> > I think, besides fixing the above typo, reading "man 5 crontab" would be
> > helpful.
> Well, I read the man, the README in Paul Vixie source code, and
> cron.README but I didn't find where it's teh problem..
It wasn't obvious that you really meant for cron to run your script every
minute starting at 10:00. Now it's clear that you understand what the
crontab is doing.
Since you're testing cron, I would suggest starting with
*/5 * * * * /bin/date >> /home/calox/tmp/date.out 2>&1
and waiting 5 minutes. If /home/calox/tmp is still empty, then we'll
A few obvious questions: does /home/calox/tmp exist in Cygwin? What are
its permissions (do an "ls -ld")? Are you checking /home/calox/tmp or
~/tmp (IOW, is your $HOME set to /home/calox)? And, finally, do you have
SHELL set in the Windows environment, and if so, to what value?
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