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Old 05-31-2005, 03:09 AM   #1
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Executing cron jobs on a w2k3 server using cygwin


I need to run cygwin (or more correctly bash) on a windows server, this for parsing the Apache logs using a bash script.

All is fine, I've downloaded cygwin & installed it on the server, the only trouble is that I can't set cygwin to run as a service on the windows server.

Somebody maybe aware of an option of setting cygwin (or just bash + cron jobs) without logging in as a user (i.e. "service") on windows.

Thank you,
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:35 AM   #3
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put this into a batch file
@echo off

chdir C:\cygwin\bin

bash --login -i path/to/scriptfile
and then run it in scheduled tasks. I think it should work, havent tested it.

EDIT: just done a little test, seems to work. the path to the scriptfile, logfiles must be what you would use whilst in cygwin and not windows paths

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Old 06-01-2005, 07:27 AM   #4
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This is nice, thank you.

One other solution someone offered me on a different forum, was the obvious cron job.
The trick is to set cron to run as a service on windows, this is done using cygrunsrv the problem now is this : I just can't find the documentation of it to see what option I can set, and I wouldn't want to make services (or the server) without fully understanding what and how then run.

b.t.w Could you please in 2 words explain why :
use interactive shell ?
why does it needs to be a login shell ?

Anyhow, thank you for the idea of using windows scheduler.
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probably doesn't need to be interactive, alls I did was look at the cygwin.bat file, look at 'man bash' to find out how to run a script file directly then put the two together, didn't pay any attention to the arguements already there.

Aslo I never knew about the cygrunsrv app. If I had read all the documentation I probably would be able to come up with a more elegant solution.

I only use cygwin on my laptop and when I can't ssh into my server or my university deparmental computers, which really isn't that often.

Try without the options, see what happens


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