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    Unhappy Can't make cron work

    I made a jump to Debian from Slackware a few weeks ago. The only weird thing I haven't been able to fix is cron: it's running, and I have entries in my crontab to pick up some mailboxen, but they don't happen *ever*.

    I've checked that:
    • Cron is running
    • I can run the commands fine from a shell myself
    • I don't have an /etc/cron.allow or cron.deny file.
    • Things in the daily list do take place (like update notifications)
    • All my command use full paths


    Can anyone shed any light? I haven't yet found a useful combination of google terms..

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    are you editing using crontab -e ?

    (crontab -l to list)

    I appreciate that as a slackware user, your *nix skills are probably beyond mine, but I have no trouble with crontab on debian as root.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kesomir View Post
    are you editing using crontab -e ?

    (crontab -l to list)
    Yes, and it claims to install it properly, just that nothing ever happens.

    I appreciate that as a slackware user, your *nix skills are probably beyond mine, but I have no trouble with crontab on debian as root.
    This is a normal user of course, but I don't see why it should be any different.

    Weird.

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    Seeing crontab -l would be useful..

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    Yes, I was just posting it and realised what I'd done.. I redirect stdout to /dev/null, and typo'd. Rather than mailing me telling me I'd errored, it just dropped the job.

    Works now Thanks guys

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    For anyone else who comes across this thread with issues cron related, I'd urge them NOT to redirect the output to /dev/null until they are certain the job is working as the annoying emails in this case would have revealed the issue.

    Glad its working

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    And I'd urge you not to copy your old crontab like-for-like assuming the commands still work... prove them with the annoying emails first, then redirect Don't depend on stderr!

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    Install Webmin (Webmin), makes things like cron really easy to work with :-)

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    I'm not a great fan of webmin (purely personal choice), but this is also my workstation

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