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Crontab not running

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Crontab not running

We recently installed solaris 10 but seems crontab is not working for the user we use.
1) i checked , the user name (unixadm2) is not in cron.deny,
2) cron file (unixadm2) is there with proper permissins in /var/spool/cron/crontabs ,
3) am running a simple command in crontab file, as follows :
* * * * * date >> /var/tmp/date_test_$$
5) interestingly, for the other user, unixadm1, the crontab works fine (on same server)
4) the crontab file was created via crontab -e command.
5) ps -ef | grep cron command gives the following output
root 29835 1 0 May 21 ? 0:24 /usr/sbin/cron

I am at loss as to where the problem lies, seems the crontab scheduler is not even starting ?
can someone please help me asap?
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Crontab not running

> I am at loss [...]

Apparently. Have you tried:


If the problem is specific to a particular
user, you might verify things like whether
that user has a valid home directory with
proper owner and permissions, whether that
user has a valid shell, can receive e-mail,
and so on.

> [...] date [...]

For a test, I'd try "/bin/date" (or whatever
it actually is).
Mark Poeschl_2
Honored Contributor

Re: Crontab not running

And this query was posted in an HP Tru64 Unix forum why exactly? ;-)
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: Crontab not running

Exactly. Normally, the Solaris questions go
to the HP-UX forum.
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: Crontab not running

If all users write to the same file:

date >> /var/tmp/date_test_$$

Ensure that the file has the right permissions ro allow all users write access.
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