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Old 08-29-2002
Redirect stdout and stderr

How can I redirect and append stdout and stderr to a file when using cron? Here is my crontab file:

*/5 * * * * /dir/php /dir/process_fns.php >>& /dir/dump.txt

Cron gives me an 'unexpected character found in line' when trying to add my crontab file.

Regards,


Zach Curtis
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Old 08-29-2002
# 3  
Old 08-29-2002
Ok, thanks.

The error from my crontab was a result of '*/5'. Here my new crontab file that does now work, with both stderr and stdout being sent to a file.

5 * * * * /dir/php /dir/process_fns.php >> /dir/dump.txt 2>&1


Zach
# 4  
Old 08-29-2002
Remove the /5 and replace with 5 or 05 to get rid of the unexpected character error.

(I see you have figured it out!)
# 5  
Old 08-29-2002
Some versions of cron (I think Vixie cron - not sure though)will allow you to use the "*/5 * * * *" notation to mean "every five minutes".
Check your version of cron to see if it supports this.

I though it would have been the stray "&" near the end of the line...
# 6  
Old 08-30-2002
well i would say that the empty "&" was the problem.

changing */5 to 5 would change the program to run at 5 mins past every hour rather than running every 5 minutes.

dunno if that is different in different versions of cron.

what do you say peter
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Old 08-30-2002
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