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----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 10:58 AM
Subject: Re: cron
| Alexander Polson wrote:
| > <<cronbug.txt>> Hi
| > I have been using cygwin on windows to do daily backups with the rsync
| > utility, and triggering this process using cron.
| > Over the last 2 years I found more and more machines in my department
| > for which I can not get cron to work anymore, and forcing this backup to
| > be done manually. I have tried to fix this by "RTFM", cron_diagnose.sh
| > (no problem found) and cron-config, but I am still missing something.
| > We use Cygwin on Win XP (32 and 64 bit) and Server 2003.
| > I attach the cronbug.txt file.
| > Can you please help?
| > 2007/09/12 11:20:15 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 3088: (CRON) error
| (can't switch user context)
| > Service : cron
| > Account : PBMR\PolsonA
| On W2K3, if you expect a service to be able to switch user contexts, you
| need a special service account. You can use the 'sshd_server' account that
| would be created for you if you configure 'sshd' and ask it to create the
| account when it asks you. See the "/usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README"
| for details.
The above is correct, but later cron was switch to run as PolsonA
2007/09/12 16:19:31 [PolsonA] cron: PID 1432: `cron' service started
2007/09/12 16:19:41 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) BEGIN EDIT (PolsonA)
2007/09/12 16:19:46 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) REPLACE (PolsonA)
2007/09/12 16:19:46 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) END EDIT (PolsonA)
2007/09/12 16:20:01 [PolsonA] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 2564: (PolsonA) RELOAD (tabs/PolsonA)
and everything looks normal (cron reloaded the crontab).
Did you wait long enough for the jobs to run?
Please look at cron.log in the home directory of PolsonA, and possibly at /tmp/*cron* files for
output from the jobs.
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