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Old 02-08-2008
cron troubles

I have a cronjob that I need to run everyday and it needs to have todays date inputed, here is what I have, but is not working as expected..........

23 02 * * * cd /path;./ $(date +%Y-%m-%d)

the output from mail gives me.............

Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 02:12:07 -0600 (CST)
Message-Id: <>
Subject: cron

stty: : Not a typewriter

Please Enter the date for which you want the Daily Summary Report: (YYYY-MM-DD)
You entered:
is that correct?(y|n)
Buildfile: /path/ARAutoPostJMSClient.xml

    [input] skipping input as property report.request has already been set.
     [java] Retrieving a QueueConnectionFactory from JNDI
     [java] factory created...
     [java] Creating a Connection
     [java] Starting the Connection
     [java] Creating a Session
     [java] Retrieving a Queue from JNDI
     [java] Creating a QueueSender
     [java] Creating a TextMessage
     [java] Adding Text
     [java] -Sending message [<ReportMsg><ReportType>autopostpayment.SummaryReport</ReportType><FileId></FileId><Date>Y-</Date></ReportMsg>] to queue://HDS.P.01/HDS.REQUEST.AR_REPORT.1_0
     [java] Closing QueueSender
     [java] Closing Session
     [java] Closing Connection
     [java] finished

Total time: 4 seconds

Cron: The previous message is the standard output
      and standard error of one of your crontab commands:

cd /path;./ $(date +

Why is this date format not working correctly? If I manualy run
/path/ $(date +%Y-%m-%d) it works fine. ?????

# 2  
Old 02-08-2008
Dear ,
I don't know why u r passing the date parameter during execution through Variable .
You can define the same in the original script only ,which has to work ..
.pls check .
# 3  
Old 02-08-2008
I was givin this script to put into cron, they will not change the script. The script is written so that you must give it a date. If no date variable is input it will prompt for a date.
Since they would not change the script, I just wrote a quick script that will call the report script with the date variable. Rund fine from cron. I would rather them change the script todefault to todays date, but that is like pulling teeth.

# 4  
Old 02-08-2008
The crontab man page says:
A percent character (%) in this field (unless escaped by a backslash (\)) is translated to a newline character, dividing the field into "lines". Only the first "line" (up to a % or end-of-line) of the command field is executed by the shell. Any other "lines" are made available to the command as standard input.
# 5  
Old 02-08-2008
Thanks Perderabo,

I escaped out the % signs with a \ and it runs now as expected, still trying to get the script change to default todays date though.

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