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I just set up an ftp server with Red Hat 5.2. I am doing the work, I'm baby stepping, but it seems like every step I get stuck. Currently, I'm trying to set up a crontab job, but I'm getting the following message: /bin/sh: /usr/bin/vi: No such file or directory. I see that vi exists in /bin/vi, but not /usr/bin/vi. is there a place where I need to set a path for this? This message occurs for all users set up on the server as well as root.
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Somewhat unrelated to your question, but why are you using RedHat 5.2? That distribution is pretty old by now. I would recommend moving to 7.0 or 6.2 at least.

Now to your question: What is the crontab entry you are trying to setup? If you post the line here, we can give you more advice.
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crontab

I am simply trying to set up a timed email of some visitor statistics on a weekly basis. I want to run a shell program and output it to an email address every Sunday at a certain time. At a command line I type "crontab -e", and I get:

no crontab for nasco - using an empty one
/bin/sh: /usr/bin/vi: No such file or directory
crontab: "/usr/bin/vi" exited with status 126

(I am logged in as nasco)

BTW, I just received CD's for 7.1...if I install that right over 5.2, will it save all of my settings (IP, Users, groups, etc), or will I have to remove/install?




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You can solve vi problem by creating a symbolic link to /bin/vi:

ln -s /bin/vi /usr/bin/vi


but it's highly recomended to upgrade. RH 7.0 is buggy. use 7.1


HTH
 

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