[CentOS] Command not running in crontab

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Fri Mar 23 11:37:43 UTC 2007

On 3/23/07, Mário Gamito <gamito at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Can anoyone tell me why this command is not executed (or it is without
> success) from crontab, but works perfectly from the command line ?
> (yes, i've restarted crontab service)
It works from the command line? that's kind of surprising. It may work
via tab completion in the shell, but will not work with that as typed.
You'd suffer from shell expansion.

> # clean up postmaster
> 00 30 * * * root /usr/bin/find
> /var/qmail/maildirs/postmaster at telbit.pt/Maildir/new -type f -print0 |
> xargs -0 -n 50 rm

You very likely need to escape the @ as the shell is probably trying
to do something with it.

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George Orwell

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