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Kapil Jha
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crond is repeatedly creating problem

Hi all
I am wroking on linux system
and I am unable to log in as root
reason being crond is repeatedly creating a new process CROND and this CROND is creating new process again CROND.
when i reboot the machine it works fine for sometime and after that again same issue.
Please help me out
Thanks
I am in this small bowl, I wane see the real world......
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: crond is repeatedly creating problem

Shalom Kapil,

This is a symptom of a corrupt or badly modified /etc/intitab

I've seen people with cron daemon problems try and use inittab to keep it runing. This is a bad idea. Perhaps compare inittab to a properly working system.

service status cron (or crond)

See what the status is. If its going up and down, there is a problem that could be a lot of things, including corrupted binary and such. In such case, reinstalling cron or copying the binary from another system sometimes helps.

check /var/log/messages for more detail.

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Vitaly Karasik_1
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Re: crond is repeatedly creating problem

which linux distro do you use?
did you change cron configuration recently?

I suggest you to boot your system into single-user level and switch off cron daemon.(in RH and similar you can use "chkconfig" utility)

Kapil Jha
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Re: crond is repeatedly creating problem

Thanks Stevan
Thanks for ur reply problem has been solved
there was some problem with inittab which i have corrected.
Thanks
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: crond is repeatedly creating problem

Very glad to help.

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Steven E Protter
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Kapil Jha
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Re: crond is repeatedly creating problem

Thanks Stevan...you solved my problem.
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I am in this small bowl, I wane see the real world......