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Old 09-13-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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how to run a job as a different user from crontab

How do i run a script(say in cronjob with some other user id.

Say, I am admin of a server and i want to run a script as user X through cron job at the some particular time of day. How do i do it using cronjob that runs with my id.

Any suggestions?
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You can su - to the user or edit the user's crontab directly if you're root:
crontab -u <user> -e
You could also edit the user's crontab files. Location depends on what distro you're using.

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or use
15 * * * * username /usr/bin/somecommand
Make sure the user has access to all commands in the script

Last edited by repo; 09-13-2009 at 06:42 AM.



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