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crontab issue

I am adding a piece of code which adds entry in crontab ((in brown color))

\crontab -l > $tmpfile
echo "Removing the cleanProcess entry if it already existed.."
grep -v "" $tmpfile > $newtmpfile
lcnt=`grep -c "" $tmpfile`
echo "Number of entries in cron is : $lcnt"
if [ $lcnt -eq 0 ]; then
echo "Entry didn't exist before. Adding new...."
echo "\n" >> $newtmpfile
echo "Entry already existed. Replacing it..."
echo "0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * $/test/bin/" >> $newtmpfile
crontab $newtmpfile
echo "Added the new entry.."

crontab is empty ==>

$> crontab -l

but file is having string as follows :

echo "0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * $/test/bin/"

becoz of that the crontab is not able to initialized properly .

any anybody help me out whats wrong with it?

Last edited by crackthehit007; 03-22-2009 at 11:21 AM..
# 2  
Solaris cron does not like empty lines and will not work that way as you have discovered, so your line:
echo "\n" >> $newtmpfile

needs to be:
echo "#\n" >> $newtmpfile

# 3  
my system is linux redhat.
and now entry in crontab is

$> crontab -l
0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /test/bin/

is that #\n is valid entry in crontab?

Last edited by crackthehit007; 03-22-2009 at 11:30 AM..
# 4  
More valid than an empty line or a "\n", the crontab will now work, I see the \n is being treated literally, should have said:
echo "#" >> $newtmpfile

The \n is quite unnecessary! Should have realised that before, doh!
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Thanks a lot..

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