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Old 07-13-2001
Cron Daemon

Hey all,

I'm running Mandrake 7.2 with several of the development/server tools loaded and operating. One problem I'm having is that I keep getting emails from the "Cron Daemon". They all say:

touch: /var/log/news/nntpsend.log: Permission denied
chmod: same as above
/usr/bin/nntpsend: same as above

Can someone explain what the Cron Daemon is and what it does? I mean, I know what daemon's are, but I can't figure out what this one is used for and how to configure it, if necessary.

I'm also getting another email from the same daemon reporting the following:

DB2 problem...: missing or empty key value specified /usr/bin/news.daily: /var/lib/news/ .news.daily: Permission denied
Reading active file failed, exiting, (see syslog for more info).
Has fetchnews been run?

I'm guessing by that, this has something to do with a news reporting daemon... but anyways, I want to stop the errors. If anyone can help, it would be appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 07-13-2001
The cron daemon is the daemon which deals with job scheduling in UNIX. Jobs are scheduled via a flat ASCII text file called a crontab. If something goes wrong with a job that has been scheduled with cron then it usually sends a mail to the user concerned - check your crontab file for jobs that are running (crontab -l) edit it if need be (crontab -e).

The jobs that are running will give you better idea of where to goto troubleshoot the actual problem.

If you can't see any jobs scheduled bear in mind that a crontab can exist for any users, so su to a user you suspect would run a job and check their crontab file.

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Old 07-13-2001
Thanks. Currently, this is a box that only I work on, and most of the time I work as root.
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