[CentOS] cron job not running

Mon Mar 5 14:25:39 UTC 2012
Joseph Spenner <joseph85750 at yahoo.com>


 >From: Tim Dunphy <bluethundr at gmail.com>
>To: CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> 
>Sent: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:25 PM
>Subject: [CentOS] cron job not running
>hello list,
>I am attempting to backup a centos 5.4 (x86_64) server running mysql with a cron job. Here's how the cron job looks:
> [root at cloud:/home/bluethundr/backupdb] #crontab -l
> * 3 * * * /usr/bin/mysqldump jfwiki >
> /home/bluethundr/backupdb/wiki-$(date +%Y%m%d).sql
> However if I run the command from the command line it seems to work fine.


Something is probably different in your environment vs cron environment.
Make a cronjob such as:

* * * * * env > /tmp/environment.txt

Let it run for a minute to get the values, then remove the cronjob.

Compare it to the results of  'env' on the command line.  Probably a path or some other variable is missing.