Cron job not running

  • Hi Everyone,

    I have installed the cron package and I have also tried with "crontab -e" but both methods fail for the following script:

    DATErand=`date +%s`
    cp /tmp/faxspin.avi /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi
    wput /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi
    rm -rf /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi

    File privilges: -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  229 Sep 13 22:06 /usr/bin/

    There is no indication that the script file is run as there is no faxspin-$DATErand.avi is created. This works just fine if I run this script from shell.

    Please advise.


  • On the wput line, use the full path to wput. That may be the only issue.

  • This is exactly what I have in the cron:

            • root /usr/bin/

    And here is the change I made per your suggestion to no avail:

    DATErand=date +%s
    cp /tmp/faxspin.avi /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi
    /usr/local/bin/wput /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi
    rm -rf /tmp/faxspin-$DATErand.avi

    How can I see the logs as to what really happens? if logs are not turned on for cron, how can I turn it on.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    The logs for cron are not configured in syslog – however, if you enable remote syslog, and tell it to send "everything" it will also forward the logs for cron to a remote box where you can see them.

    In a cron script, always make sure you use the full path to every command - even date, cp, rm, etc. That or at the start of the script, set your own PATH variable to include the directories where the binaries you need lie.