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Old 07-15-2005, 05:50 PM   #1
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cron error: no job control


I set up a Perl script to be run as a nightly cron job at 3:23 AM with the line
23 03 * * * * cd /backup1/backup_adm/; perl
in my crontab file. The script creates a tar file in an NFS-mounted directory. Every night I receive an email saying:
/bin/sh: fg: no job control
Can't open perl script "": No such file or directory
but I can successfully run the same series of commands manually, and is definitely in /backup1/backup_adm. A monthly cron job belonging to the same user that FTPs data to a remote site also returns the same "no job control" error, but without the "no such file or directory" error.

How do I make these cron jobs run?

S. Chen
Old 07-15-2005, 11:31 PM   #2
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I'd try creating a shell script to run your commands:

cd cd /backup1/backup_adm
/usr/bin/perl ./
23 03 * * * * /backup1/backup_adm/ > /backup1/backup_adm/logs/backup.log
Old 07-18-2005, 01:39 PM   #3
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I wrote a shell script calling the Perl script and put it in my crontab file, and it worked. Thanks!


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