[Resolved] Crontab task not running.

  • Hello Everyone,
    I am trying hard to make a script to run under crontab but for some reason, it doesn't work.

    Here the crontab entry (using GUI)

    1	*	*	*	*	root	/usr/bin/nice -n20 /etc/LCDmonitor.sh

    and here the script:

    -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  1277 May 10 18:28 /etc/LCDmonitor.sh
    #!/usr/bin/env sh
    # Cheking if LCDd daemon service is installed.
    if [ ! -d /usr/local/share/pfSense-pkg-LCDproc ]; then {
    echo "Service not installed"; 
    #Checking if LCDd Daemon service is Running
    if [ ! `/bin/pgrep -x "LCDd"` ]; then echo "LCD Daemon is not running - Start it from GUI"; exit
    echo "The LCDd Daemon is running"
    # Checking if we have duplicated client processes
    NOP=`/bin/ps -ax | /usr/bin/grep -I lcdproc_client.php | /usr/bin/grep -v "grep" |wc -l`
    # If there are more than 1 process, then print message
    if [ $NOP -gt 1 ] ; then echo "More than 1 process is running - Killing Processes and restarting the service";
    /bin/ps -A | /usr/bin/grep lcdproc_client.php | /usr/bin/grep -v "grep" | /usr/bin/awk '{print $1}' | /usr/bin/xargs kill -9 $1 
    /bin/sleep 2
    #Restating the LCDd client
    /usr/local/bin/php -f /usr/local/pkg/lcdproc_client.php &
    # If there is no client started, We start a single one.
    if [ $NOP -eq 0 ] ; then echo "No client process is running - Starting one";
    #Starting the LCDd client
    /usr/local/bin/php -f /usr/local/pkg/lcdproc_client.php &
    echo "A single LCDd client was started"
    # If there is a single client process then print message
    if [ $NOP -eq 1 ] ; then echo "OK - A single client process is running";

    Everything works fine using the Shell, but not under cron.
    I have checked an re-checked the paths for the commands. Just don't know what to do anymore.

    Any help is very welcome!


  • Try running your script from /usr/local/bin instead of /etc. I can get it to work from there with a 1/* for the minute instead of just 1.

  • @KOM hello KOM, ... Nice. that did the trick! Not sure why, but it worked.
    Also, I got another issue on my script. I was missing the full path for the wc command.
    Thanks!! Appreciate the tip!


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