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Old 05-23-2012, 03:01 AM   #1
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Run cron job in terminal emulator window


I have a backup script that I would like to open up a new terminal emulator window every day it runs from cron, so I can follow what's happening.

How can this be achieved?

Looking forward to your answer! Thanks!
Old 05-23-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
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The better solution is to have your cron job write to a log file.

Then, you can run
tail -f /log/file
But, what you propose is likely possible. You'd need to "wrap" your existing script with code like this, below. This gets a handle to the GUI session, and then launches gnome-terminal, running your command.

# This is your new cron script.


dbus_address=$(cat /home/$user/.dbus/session-bus/*-0 | \
                grep -v '\#' | \
                grep BUS_ADDRESS | \
                cut -d '=' -f 2-)

# Here, replace /path/to/ with whatever the old cron script was.
    su $user -c gnome-terminal -e "sudo /path/to/"
Anyway, there are still a lot of issues with this. Please don't try to do it; you'd be better off looking at Nagios or some other monitoring software.

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:23 AM   #3
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Hi Beaverfriend

Maybe you could try running your script in screen
- this
- or maybe here

good luck
Old 05-24-2012, 04:06 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jhwilliams View Post
The better solution is to have your cron job write to a log file.
You're right, that would be the better solution! Thanks all for tips everyone!


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