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Re: Confused about several issues with setting up cron
- From: bartels <bartels at mailme dot ath dot cx>
- To: cygwin at cygwin dot com
- Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:45:37 +0200
- Subject: Re: Confused about several issues with setting up cron
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On 09/22/2013 05:56 PM, bartels wrote:
On 09/22/2013 03:00 AM, KARR, DAVID wrote:
CYGWIN_NT-6.1 1.7.25(0.270/5/3) 2013-08-31 20:39 i686 Cygwin
I want to set up a cron job, so I have to get cron configured. I'm trying to follow the instructions I can find, but I'm seeing several issues.
I'm surprised that there's nothing in the user guide or the FAQ about setting up cron. I had to settle for the various questions about this
on StackOverflow and others.
>>> I want to set up a cron job, so I have to get cron configured. I'm trying
>> to follow the instructions I can find, but I'm seeing several issues.
>>> I'm surprised that there's nothing in the user guide or the FAQ about
>> setting up cron. I had to settle for the various questions about this on
>> StackOverflow and others.
>> Must say your reporting of events is also lacking crucial elements
>> If you re-install and give me more details, then I will try and answer your
> Ok. I assume you mean re-installing cron, not Cygwin.
Yes, cron-config is what I meant.
> I followed the process described in the FAQ for removing a service. I then ran cron-config again. When I did this before, I selected to run
cron as myself. I decided to make it run as the local system account this time (first running "passwd -R" and entering my password). It
appeared to complete without errors or warnings. I did this in a "run as administrator" window.
> In a normal window, I then ran "crontab -e". I figured this would put me into "vi" with an empty buffer. It just returned to the prompt.
You should see a vi session.
Do you have vi installed?
What is the value of EDITOR?
This could indicate a deeper problem, confusing not just cron.
> I then ran "crontab crontab" (the "crontab" file in my current directory is the file with the one job I want to run), and then did "crontab
Are you familiar with the crontab format? If not, try this:
$ man 5 crontab
> I then went back to the administrator window. I ran "cronevents". This didn't show anything more than the cron service being started. I
then ran "cronbug". I'm attaching the gzipped copy of this.
You will have more luck running cron 'as yourself': it is straightforward.
Running it as a privileged user is more complicated.
Is there a specific reason why you want to run it as system?
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