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Old 10-25-2007
Cron job not working

Hello, I have the following crontab entry that does not seem to be running. When I check /var/cron/log, it is not there. Here is my os info:

SunOS birch 5.9 Generic_118558-09 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-V240

Here is the crontab entry:
01 21 * * * find /export/app/datafeed/flus/archive -mtime +5 -exec rm -r {} \;
Any suggestions as to why it is not executing?

Thank you.

# 2  
Old 10-25-2007
Few questions to check:

Were there files with specified condition to be deleted ?
Are there necessary permissions to delete the selected files ?
# 3  
Old 10-25-2007
The files are owned by the same user in which the crontab entry is located. Shouldn't there be logging on /var/cron/log if it attempted to run? There may not have been files old enough to be deleted at the time it was run last.

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# 4  
Old 10-25-2007
test it by printing

For testing , U make one more entry in crontab to list those filenames which are modified morethan 5 days like this.

01 21 * * * find /export/app/datafeed/flus/archive -mtime +5 -print >$HOME/test.log

U check whether test.log is created or not.if it is created means cron is working, otherwise not.
# 5  
Old 10-25-2007
On just a point of style and manageability, I make my crontab entries call a single script, then have the script do all the fancy foot work.

1. it means I can simply add any tracing I need

2. it means I can test exactly the same thing outside of crontab

3. my crontab contains the minimum, eg when and what command
# 6  
Old 10-26-2007
Yes, I have now done just this. I created a single script to do the work. Thank you.

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