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Old 11-18-2003, 08:52 AM   #1
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Question system-wide crontab in /etc/crontab

well, I am trying to set up system-wide crontab, but it does not seem to work.
I have created a script:

du -s /home/* | sort -nr | head -n 5

I also edited the /etc/crontab:

00-59 * * * * /home/user/script 2>&1 > /home/user/logfile

but it doesn't seem to be doing anything... Am I overlooking something?
I even tried to put the command straight in the crontab file:

00-59 * * * * du -s /home/* | sort -nr | head -n 5 >> /home/user/file

and I get no output, eventhough similar command works fine on the user crontab...

Last edited by ner; 11-18-2003 at 11:11 AM.
Old 11-18-2003, 11:45 AM   #2
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I find that systemwided crontab entries generally work better and are less of a hassle if you add them to root's crontab instead of messing with the configs in /etc/crontab. Perhaps that's not the answer you were looking for but that's the way I avoid trouble.

Old 11-18-2003, 12:35 PM   #3
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yeah, I know it would be easier, but there should be a way to make the /etc/crontab changes and make it work...


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