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Old 10-06-2007, 03:59 AM   #1
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Cron will not start

Hi guys,
I"m trying to start cron and get this error:

@dell: /etc/init.d >cron restart

* Restarting periodic command scheduler crond cron: 45: start-stop-daemon: not found
cron: 45: start-stop-daemon: not found [fail]

I made sure the location of the start-stop-daemon is added in the PATH
here is my crontab contents


# m h dom mon dow user command
17 * * * * root cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly
25 6 * * * root test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.daily )
47 6 * * 7 root test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.weekly )
52 6 1 * * root test -x /usr/sbin/anacron || ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.monthly )

My start start-stop-daemon is in /sbin

Can anyone help please?

Last edited by sheek; 10-06-2007 at 05:50 AM.
Old 10-07-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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First check that start-stop-daemon is being found:
type start-stop-daemon
Assuming you have already done this, you could modify /etc/init.d/cron to prefix start-stop-daemon with /sbin/ this would stop it searching, and ensure it goes to /sbin to run it

(I know this is not an ideal solution but it should resolve the immediate issue)

BTW in my experience there are only six parameters in a crontab file:
  1. minute
  2. hour
  3. day of month
  4. month
  5. day of week
  6. command

Whenever I need to run a command as another user, I tend to start the command with /bin/su - {user} -c {command}
Old 10-09-2007, 04:52 AM   #3
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For some reason cron couldn't find my start-stop-daemon..added the location of the daemon../sbin/start-stop-daemon in cron ..that fixed the issue.
thanks Disillusionist.


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