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Re: Launch a windows application from crontab
- From: "Larry Hall (Cygwin)" <reply-to-list-only-lh at cygwin dot com>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 13:07:17 -0400
- Subject: Re: Launch a windows application from crontab
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I've created a script, wich ends with the following line:
I've run the script and it works fine, the notepad opens the file and waits
for me to close the window to exit. But when I run it from cron it doesn't
work, can someone give me a hand on this?
Looking at '/var/log/cron.log' and the event log can be helpful in these
You should check the following:
1. Does the environment that 'cron' runs in have '/windows/system32' in
it? Probably it does but it's always good practice to fully-qualify
utilities used by services rather than assuming things will be set up
in the environment the way you need them.
2. Services don't have access to the desktop by default. You have to
ask for it. On OS < Vista, you can specify '-i' to cygrunsrv when
it installs 'cron' (with '/usr/bin/cron-config') or you can go to
the "Services" applet under the "Adminstative Tools" in the "Control
Panel" to find the "Cron daemon" and change this. Double-click on
it and go to the "Log On" tab. Check "Allow service to interact with
desktop". On Vista and above, complain to MS. ;-)
(2) is the likely resolution to your problem.
Larry Hall http://www.rfk.com
RFK Partners, Inc. (508) 893-9779 - RFK Office
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Holliston, MA 01746
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