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Old 09-30-2009
crontab environment help

Hi, I've read many many threads and I'm still having problems (yes i read and it's suggested posts too).

My problem is with the $PWD, yes, that's the only causing problems so i have exported the PATH, I've checked it's exported, everything else runs but $PWD returns a null value so that part of the script can't run!
printf "My path $PWD lalalala"

This is all the scrip does (it's a test from a much larger code that's failing in the PWD).
When I run on command runs fine, using cron it just prints "My path: lalalala"

I added: ". $HOME/local.profile" (without quotes) to the scrip that call this, and I print the env to make sure the PATH for my environment is the same as that of cron, and it is:


I even changed the SHELL to bash in case it made any difference, it didnt.

Please someone give me more ideas why $PWD is not recognize in the script through cron!

Maybe it has to do with env printing a value for PWD and OLDPWD but cron's doesn't? How would I set PWD in cron's environment? I tried this in my profile:
export PWD

when environment ran it gave a null PWD, same as in the scripts so.... this didn't work. =(

Last edited by malky; 09-30-2009 at 01:25 PM..
# 2  
Old 09-30-2009
Originally Posted by malky
How would I set PWD in cron's environment?
Not exactly a setting but a workaround I'm using:

PWD=$( pwd )

# 3  
Old 09-30-2009
I'm thinking, in your script, cd to any directory, and the env will set PWD to that dir.
# 4  
Old 09-30-2009
Thanks for your response,
I added:

PWD=$( pwd )
export PWD

but i get from cron's report: syntax error at line 9: `PWD=$' unexpected

---------- Post updated at 10:49 AM ---------- Previous update was at 10:45 AM ----------

Originally Posted by varontron
I'm thinking, in your script, cd to any directory, and the env will set PWD to that dir.
Great Idea!

oh, I tried... then printed env inside scrip that's run by cron... PWD still not set and I'm still getting an empty value. =(

Any more ideas?

Lets make it more simple, im not even going to call my script, I'll just run this:
* * * * * printf "My path: $PWD lala"

I still get "My path: lala"

* * * * * = (set the time as you wish)

Last edited by malky; 09-30-2009 at 01:55 PM..
# 5  
Old 09-30-2009
Please state what Operating System and version you are using and whether this is a root cron or a user cron. It would also help to know if "/bin/sh" is a POSIX shell or something else like a Berkeley Shell.
# 6  
Old 09-30-2009
* * * * * PWD=`pwd` && printf "My path: $PWD lala"

# 7  
Old 09-30-2009
It's solaris 10.

How do I find out if it's a root or user cron? I cannot change it's cron.deny file or look at the logs without -su but i can definitelly add scripts as a user.

if "/bin/sh" is a POSIX shell or something else like a Berkeley Shell.
How do I find that out?

Thanks all for your help, im really struggling with this.

---------- Post updated at 11:10 AM ---------- Previous update was at 11:03 AM ----------

Originally Posted by vgersh99
* * * * * PWD=`pwd` && printf "My path: $PWD lala"

worked on crontab! but then it doesn't work when i use it in my script and i called the script using cron Smilie

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