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Old 03-08-2003, 07:47 AM   #1
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crontab syntax

this is probably a simple problem, but it seems i can't get it to work.
i'm running redhat 7.2 on my server, and i'm trying to set up crontab to run cron.daily 23:55 every day. this is because there is a script in cron.daily which sends me various server statistics to my email..
i'm using the following syntax: (/etc/crontab)

# run-parts
01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
55 23 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.daily //this i my edited row
22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
42 4 1 * * root run-parts /etc/cron.monthly

but it doesn't seem to work.. ( no mails recieved)
i know the script works flawless, so something must be wrong with the crontab file.

do i have to do something to activate these settings?
like crontab -u root crontab
or something? help me..pretty new with this crontab thingy.
Old 03-08-2003, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: crontab syntax

Originally posted by niehls

i'm using the following syntax: (/etc/crontab)

# run-parts
01 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.hourly
55 23 * * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.daily //this i my edited row
22 4 * * 0 root run-parts /etc/cron.weekly
42 4 1 * * root run-parts /etc/cron.monthly
You have an extra asterisk in the line you edited. Check out the crontab(5) man page to see why that line is wrong. (It's explained quite clearly. Really.)




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