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Old 06-27-2004, 04:25 PM   #1
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Problem with crontab


i would like to run a script to wake me up using crontab. When I type crontab -l I have:

[cleo@localhost CXX]$ crontab -l
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE - edit the master and reinstall.
# (/tmp/crontab.8609 installed on Sun Jun 27 23:16:41 2004)
# (Cron version -- $Id: crontab.c,v 2.13 1994/01/17 03:20:37 vixie Exp $)
16 23 * * * /home/cleo/alarm

where /home/cleo/alarm is an executable script:
-rwxrwxr-x 1 cleo cleo 74 Jun 27 23:22 alarm

where alarm contains:

gmplayer -cache 512 -v mms://

This does not launch the script at 23h16. Can someone tell me why?


Old 06-27-2004, 05:16 PM   #2
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Does /var/log/cron or messages or syslog have anything interesting to say? Is crond running, never know...


Old 06-27-2004, 05:20 PM   #3
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Does that script run if you just punch in ./alarm

Just to double check things, here are my notes...

chmod +x /home/test
export EDITOR=vi
crontab /etc/crontab
crontab -e

I like to use a rapid setting so I can test it right away like every minute or two. For example...

* * * * * /home/test

Then don't forget to start the crond
chkconfig --level 35 crond on
Old 06-28-2004, 02:34 PM   #4
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OK, I found what was wrong. I looked in /var/spool/mail/ :

From cleo@localhost.localdomain Mon Jun 28 21:25:00 2004
Return-Path: <cleo@localhost.localdomain>
Received: from localhost.localdomain (localhost.localdomain [])
by localhost.localdomain (8.12.10/8.12.10) with ESMTP id i5SJP0ZK009661
for <cleo@localhost.localdomain>; Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:25:00 +0200
Received: (from cleo@localhost)
by localhost.localdomain (8.12.10/8.12.10/Submit) id i5SJP0P0009659
for cleo; Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:25:00 +0200
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 21:25:00 +0200
Message-Id: <200406281925.i5SJP0P0009659@localhost.localdomain>
From: root@localhost.localdomain (Cron Daemon)
To: cleo@localhost.localdomain
Subject: Cron <cleo@localhost> /home/cleo/alarm
X-Cron-Env: <SHELL=/bin/sh>
X-Cron-Env: <HOME=/home/cleo>
X-Cron-Env: <PATH=/usr/bin:/bin>
X-Cron-Env: <LOGNAME=cleo>

/home/cleo/alarm: line 2: gmplayer: command not found

When adding the right path for gmplayer with crontab -e it worked!

Thanks for your help!


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