[CentOS] run bash <filename> from cron

Wed Nov 15 16:57:54 UTC 2017
Paul Heinlein <heinlein at madboa.com>

On Wed, 15 Nov 2017, Mark Haney wrote:

> This might be a bit OT, but I've never had to do this before and what I've 
> googled doesn't seem to be working.
> I have an ansible playbook that I'm working on that I want to run as a 
> cronjob.  One task I'm having trouble with is where I have a text file with 
> lines like:
> rd.pl "blah blah"
> rd.pl "blah blah blah"
> This text file has to be 'executed' using 'bash filename.txt'. (Don't ask 
> why, I'm working on code that isn't mine.) When I run the playbook in a 
> console this bit works perfectly.  However, when it's being run from cron, it 
> dies with 'rd.pl: command not found'.  My original thought is that cron's 
> $PATH is missing the location to this rd.pl file (it's in /root/bin), so one 
> suggestion from the Google was to add the path into /etc/crontab, but I'm 
> still having the same problem.  At this stage, I've no idea what to try 
> next.  Any ideas?

In your crontab, try

   env PATH="$PATH:/root/bin" bash filename.txt

Paul Heinlein
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