[CentOS] Cron - log when job ends?

Ralf Prengel

ralf.prengel at rprengel.de
Sat Nov 16 10:24:28 UTC 2019

I think the right way is to add logging into the script with all details for debug and and monitoring.

Von meinem iPhone gesendet

> Am 15.11.2019 um 18:55 schrieb John Horne <john.horne at plymouth.ac.uk>:
> Hello,
> In trying to resolve a problem with a cron job, we can see when the job starts
> by looking in the /var/log/cron log file. However, I was asked if when the job
> ends could also be logged. (It seems to be something that crops up every so
> often over the years.)
> I found on the 'net this article
> https://serverfault.com/questions/248915/crontab-is-there-any-log-with-begin-and-end-time
> which mentions a loglevel (-L) option, and by setting this to 2 it will log
> when a cron job ends. It sounds great, and just what we could use. The downside
> is that there seems to be no such option anymore. The article is several years
> old but the users says they are using anacron. Checking on both a CentOS 7 and
> Fedora 31 system, which both use cronie-anacron, I could find no mention of any
> loglevel.
> Does anyone know what happened to this option (why it was removed)? It would
> seem to be useful, but removed at some time.
> Thanks,
> John.
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