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I am having trouble running a simple script. The purpose of the script is to back one file up into another on a regular basis. For the backup I am using rsync and cron for the repeatability. I'm running Fedora on a virtualbox, if that matters.
The file I'm backing up is /home/username/regfiles.
The file I'm backing up into is /home/username/backup.
Maybe changing the script to give the full path of rsync would solve it.
cron sets a limited PATH which may not include the directory containing rsync. You could find out what the PATH is when run from cron (and incidentally demonstrate that the script is actually being run by modifying the script to:
I'm not totally sure what happened, but what I do know is that I can put the cron table in my home directory and I can tell cron where to find it with the crontab command and relative path. I still don't understand why using the crontab -e and absolute path didn't work. Is there a standard location to put scripts? Mine was in my home directory as was my crontab as well as both files involved in the backup. How I figured this out was using the book "Unix Power Tools" by Shelley Powers. On page 494 there is a description that I followed.