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Old 01-01-2005, 10:26 PM   #1
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cron weekly does not run


Hi there,
my cron.daily always mails me that it has run (at least it tells me any errors that occured...) I added a new cron.weekly script, but it never runs. I can run it from the command line no problem, but not from cron.daily.

Here is my /etc/crontab:
# run-parts
01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
02 4 * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.daily
22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
42 4 1 * * root run-parts /etc/cron.monthly



Here is the offending script:
#!/bin/tcsh
/bin/mount /mnt/rev

# Remove the oldest MyDocuments:
rm -f `ls -ltr /mnt/rev/MyDocuments-*tar.gz | awk '{if (NR == 1) { print $9; exit;}}'`

# Remove the oldest www:
rm -f `ls -ltr /mnt/rev/www-*tar.gz | awk '{if (NR == 1) { print $9; exit;}}'`

/bin/tar zpcf /mnt/rev/MyDocuments-`date +"%y-%m-%d"`.tar.gz \
/export/MyDocuments/alex \
/export/MyDocuments/serena \
/export/MyDocuments/jordan \
/export/MyDocuments/mojgan \
/export/MyDocuments/pictures

/bin/tar zpcf /mnt/rev/www-`date +"%y-%m-%d"`.tar.gz \
/var/www/cgi-bin \
/var/www/html \
/var/www/httpd \
/var/www/icons \
/var/www/perl

/bin/umount /mnt/rev
/usr/bin/eject /mnt/rev


I have copied this script to my cron.daily to see if it runs there (I feel confident it will as I have similar scripts there already.)

Anyone have any suggestions?
 
Old 01-01-2005, 10:42 PM   #2
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Nix that idea

Last edited by homey; 01-01-2005 at 10:49 PM.
 
Old 01-01-2005, 11:13 PM   #3
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Why all the extra stuff in there? If you want it to run as root, be root and edit roots crontab. Here is a backup script I run nightly as root via cron:

0 3 * * * /usr/local/sbin/backup.sh

Try leaving out ''root run-parts', unless the errors seem related to the script (though it looks ok with a quick glance..) Posting the exact error would help

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Old 01-01-2005, 11:34 PM   #4
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Quote:
#!/bin/tcsh
/bin/mount /mnt/rev
Didn't you leave out part of the command?
like /bin/mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/rev or similar
 
Old 01-01-2005, 11:38 PM   #5
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Didn't you leave out part of the command?
like /bin/mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/rev or similar
Not if its in his fstab file..
 
Old 01-01-2005, 11:41 PM   #6
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Not if he has /mnt/rev defined in his /etc/fstab

/dev/hdX /mnt/rev FS OPTIONS 0 0
 
Old 01-01-2005, 11:42 PM   #7
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LOL! What's up Trickykid? Long time no hear Hope to see you at LW Boston this year!
 
Old 01-02-2005, 12:00 AM   #8
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Not if he has /mnt/rev defined in his /etc/fstab
That's true but I'm abit confused as to what /mnt/rev refers to as he has an eject statement at the end. Thought that goes with a cdrom device and I don't see anything for writing to a cdrom.

Edit: and a tape device would normally be something like /dev/st0 or /dev/nst0
Also, one might expect to see a rewind command in there somewhere.

/bin/umount /mnt/rev
/usr/bin/eject /mnt/rev


Aside from that, did you remember to make the script executable?

Last edited by homey; 01-02-2005 at 12:20 AM.
 
Old 01-02-2005, 04:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for all of the interest in this post... :-)

Yes, /mnt/rev is in my /etc/fstab so I don't have to specify the device
Yes the script is executable - in fact, I put a copy of the script in /etc/cron.daily and it ran along with the rest of the daily scripts.

It all boils down to run-parts not firing on the weekly cron. I compared my crontab with others on the net and it is identical - at least to these old eyes :P

thanks again for your help,
Jordan
 
Old 01-02-2005, 05:53 PM   #10
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LOL! What's up Trickykid? Long time no hear Hope to see you at LW Boston this year!
So far I should be there..
 
Old 01-02-2005, 10:39 PM   #11
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/mnt/rev is an iomega rev drive - 33GB (yup GB) removable disk.
 
Old 01-03-2005, 02:14 AM   #12
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Maybe if the scripts are similar enough, you could run diff file1 file2 and see if linux will point out anything strange.
 
Old 01-04-2005, 09:55 AM   #13
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Is no-one else having problems with cron.weekly not running?
 
Old 01-04-2005, 12:27 PM   #14
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Can someone please post a crontab that is known to run the weekly cron? This way I can do a diff on a known entity.

thanks,
Jordan
 
Old 01-04-2005, 02:33 PM   #15
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Your crontab looks fine to me. How about putting some other directory in the weekly line like this:

22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.daily

or

22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.adhoc

Or try adjusting the time to make it run daily or whatever. (Those numbers say: "run every sunday at 4:22 in the morning.") This way you can determine whether it's your cron or your filesystem that's causing the problem.

Maybe that 0 needs to be 7 or some extra script needs to be in every "run-parts" directory. What distro are you using?

Simon
 
  


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