Cron Problems with Cygwin

Larry Hall (Cygwin)
Sun Oct 23 22:40:00 GMT 2005

CWS Informatics [Sas] wrote:
> I am having trouble getting the cron to run properly under Windows 2000
> and XP with cygwin.
> I have searched through several threads on the mailing list, including
> these most relevant ones:
> The solutions did not overly work, although they did help me progress a
> little bit.
> The service appears to install and start with no problems.
> The crontab files are correct and the cron service is running my tasks
> as I had set them. For example, I have a task set to run eveyr 5
> minutes, and I see an event in the event viewer every 5 minutes saying
> "CMD (/home/test/test)" as part of it; this is indeed the what I was
> trying to run every 5 minutes (just a test).
> However, nothing happens. The command is supposed to be a script that
> does a bunch of other stuff (for testing it simply append echoes the
> time to a file), but it never happens. If I run the script just from the
> command line it works fine.
> The events are running as SYSTEM at least the event viewer shows them as
> All associated cron files are owned by system.
> I have tried changing the permissions and modes of some of the files as
> mentioned in the above threads - no difference.
> The full text of the event log entry for the task being run is:
> The description for Event ID ( 0 ) in Source ( /usr/sbin/cron ) cannot
> be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry
> information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote
> computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this
> description; see Help and Support for details. The following information
> is part of the event: /usr/sbin/cron : PID 3816 : (scoop) CMD
> (/home/test/test).
> I would appreciate any insight into what may or may not be working.

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You may find more info in '/var/log/cron'.

Larry Hall                    
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