[CentOS] Automatic FTP problem in cron

William L. Maltby CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com
Sun Sep 16 17:02:23 UTC 2007

On Tue, 2007-09-11 at 23:38 -0600, Ashley M. Kirchner wrote:
> Quoting umair shakil <umairshakeel at gmail.com>:
> > Cron Entry is :
> > */5 * * * * /opt/bin/ftp.sh 2> /tmp/error_log
> >
> > "/opt/bin/ftp.sh: line 3: ftp: command not found"
>    Your shell script doesn't know where 'ftp' lives.  Best to put the  
> full path into place, '/usr/bin/ftp'

As an (easier to maintain?) option, modify your shell script to source
the appropriate /etc/bashrc and/or /etc/profile. Keep in mind the
(non-)interactive nature of these two. "man bash" for more details.

This will mean that when you re-configure path information, or want to
test a new program before trashing the old one, changes will be reduced
and can be more easily isolated. This is especially true if
the .bashrc/profile includes some tests for a user ID, like user test.


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