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Old 01-31-2003
cron/crontab not working

Hello All!

I'm having problems with cron. First cron is running as a process when i send the top command and I am logged in as root. I type crontab -e to edit/create my cron job. What I'm trying to do is run a perl script on my server (the script does work, i know because I type perl and it runs). Here is an example of my crontab:

20 * * * * perl /var/dir/ | cat >> mail

So if I understand cron right, every 20 minutes my will be executed by perl then an email will be sent to my email address with the contents of the file. This is not happening though. The script is not executing and I am not getting emails to confirm it. Any suggestions are welcome. thanks!

# 2  
Old 01-31-2003
Hi Ed,
A few quick pointers should get you going in the right direction.

First, your cron job will run at 20 after the hour and only once per hour. If you want to run it every 20 minutes you should have a cron entry like this:

0,20,40 * * * * perl blah blah blah

This will run at the top of the hour, 20 after, and 40 after.

Second, your script is running but is directing the output of cat to a file called 'mail'. Try running 'perl /var/dir/ | cat >> mail' from command line. I don't think you will get the results you want.

I think a better approach would be to put the 'cat' and 'mail' commands in your perl script or write a ksh/csh/sh/bash/etc wrapper script that first runs the and then 'mail<<'. Notice the mail syntax change. This will e-mail you the file where your previous command was basically creating a copy of called mail.
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Old 02-05-2003

Hi Ed,

a good solution is the following script .
You dont need the crontab.

while true


ksh >/dev/null (or blablabla mail bla)

sleep 1200



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