Shell script wont run with cron, but it works ok in the command line.

Igor Pechtchanski
Thu Dec 12 14:35:00 GMT 2002

Try adding "c:\cygwin\bin" to your *system* (not user) PATH
environment variable (in the Control Panel System applet select the
Advanced tab, then Environment Variables, and change the System PATH
variable to contain the above).  If you have any other POSIX-compliant
toolset installed and in your path, make sure the cygwin bin directory
precedes that.

As for making the files executable by SYSTEM, "chmod a+x /bin/*" should do

As a side note, it's always a good idea to use absolute paths in scripts
(i.e. /bin/rm) if you are uncertain what the value of PATH may be when the
script executes.

On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, Eric De La Cruz Lugo wrote:

> How can I make the mv, and rm commands excecutable by system? where I
> can add the path to this commands for System???
> This is the hint I have been looking for since Dec 07!!!!
> thanks in advance!
> Eric.
> Re: Script Doesn't Work Correctly with Cron
> From: Igor Pechtchanski <pechtcha at cs dot nyu dot
> edu>
> To: Buck Turgidson <jc_va at hotmail dot com>
> Cc: cygwin at cygwin dot com
> Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 13:26:48 -0500 (EST)
> Subject: Re: Script Doesn't Work Correctly with Cron
> Reply-to: cygwin at cygwin dot com
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, Buck Turgidson wrote:
> > I have a script that works when I run it from the command line, but when it
> > is executed with cron, it produces a null file.  I am sure that cron is
> > executing it because it creates the file.  It is just not populated.
> >
> > Here is the script.  I want to query an Oracle database every couple of
> > minutes, capture some data, and append it to a flat file.  I want to keep
> > 2000 lines in the flat file.
> >
> > Can someone spot the error?  Again, it works run from the command line.
> >
> > #!/bin/bash
> > sqlplus -s  scott@mydb < up @ss.sql | grep -v "Enter password:" >> monsql.lst
> > tail -2000 monsql.lst  > montemp.lst
> > rm -f monsql.lst
> > mv montemp.lst  monsql.lst
> This is probably not cron-specific, but try redirecting stderr to a file
> (by using "2>filename") to see if the script produces any errors.
> Also, are all the programs you use (sqlplus, grep, tail, rm, mv) in the
> path for the user that cron runs as (most likely "system")?  Are they
> executable by "system"?

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