Weird crontab problem


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Weird crontab problem

Greetings To All!

I am running Solaris 10 in a sparc environment.

Here is the deal:

In /var/spool/cron/crontabs, there is a cron user named "sys". If I do a
crontab -l sys, it returns:

# 0 * * * 0-6 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
# 20,40 8-17 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
# 5 18 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -s 8:00 -e 18:01 -i 1200 -A

I have tried to modify the above job by changing the first line...and uncommenting all 3 lines, so that it will read the following at run time:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * 0-6 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
20,40 8-17 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
5 18 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -s 8:00 -e 18:01 -i 1200 -A

I am making the above mentioned modification as user "sys", who owns this particular cron job.

The problem is this:

For some weird, unexplainable reason, the modified cron job:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * 0-6 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
20,40 8-17 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
5 18 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -s 8:00 -e 18:01 -i 1200 -A

will always revert back to its original default to read:

# 0 * * * 0-6 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
# 20,40 8-17 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa1
# 5 18 * * 1-5 /usr/lib/sa/sa2 -s 8:00 -e 18:01 -i 1200 -A

Anyone have any ideas what could be causing this? This one has me scratching my head...

Your replies are greatly appreciated!

Sincerely

RobSand
# 2  
How are you changing it?

Are you using the "crontab" tool to update the table?
# 3  
When does it revert? Looking at the Solaris 10 source code, I notice this: Cross Reference: /onnv/onnv-gate/usr/src/cmd/sa/svc-sar
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Originally Posted by porter
How are you changing it?

Are you using the "crontab" tool to update the table?
I am using: crontab -e sys
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Perderabo
When does it revert? Looking at the Solaris 10 source code, I notice this: Cross Reference: /onnv/onnv-gate/usr/src/cmd/sa/svc-sar
I do not know what time it reverted; I looked in the cron log and could not find anything in there.

Rob
# 6  
If the file was changed, so was the timestamp on the file. But I wasn't looking for simply a timestamp. I mean, for example, does it change on reboot? Does it change once a day? Are you stopping and restarting the service, and if so does that change it? Etc.
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Have you tried su'ing to the sys user and doing a bit of crontab -e as that user directly?
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