[CentOS] cron job not working

Al Sparks data345 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 17 17:22:00 UTC 2008


The crond itself is being run as root.

I am running the cron job as another user that has permission to run
cron jobs.

Note that if I change the program to print output to STOUT and run
through cron, I get an email in that account with that output.

    === Al



----- Original Message ----
From: bruce <bedouglas at earthlink.net>
To: CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:25:23 PM
Subject: RE: [CentOS] cron job not working

hey al...

what are the privs that the cron is being run as. the cron should be root.
what are the acls for the dir that you're writing to??

it's probably a simple priv/acl issue....



-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org]On
Behalf Of Al Sparks
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 5:01 PM
To: Centos List
Subject: [CentOS] cron job not working


Here's a perl script that works when I run it manually.  But when I
run it via cron, it won't create the directory.  But worse than that,
an email isn't sent to the account running the job.  So I'm not
getting an error, but it does work when I run it manually.

If I put an obvious error in the script, cron does generate an
email giving me the STDERR.

What could it be?
    === Al

#!/usr/bin/perl

($sec,$min,$hour,$mday,$mon,$year,$wday,$yday,$isdst) = localtime(time);

# Above functions, "time" and "localtime", return weird $year and $month
# Need to be converted to become human readable

$year = $year + 1900;
$mon = $mon + 1;

# Want $mday and $mon to be 2 digits, with leading zero if necessary

$mday = "0" . $mday if $mday < 10;
$mon = "0" . $mon if $mon < 10;

# Second parameter is mask in octal

chdir "/ora-local/db-test-backups";
mkdir "${year}_${mon}_${mday}", \00022;
####End perl script

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