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I have this in my crontab:

*/1 * * * * /usr/bin/env bash > ~/cron.log 2>&1

The ouput in cron.log is the following:

/usr/bin/env bash: No such file or directory

/usr/bin/env as well as /bin/bash both exist. And I can also run this command from the same user to whom this crontab belongs without any errors. I also tried adding


to the top of the crontab. No effect. Don't have a clue what's going on. Also this:

*/1 * * * * which bash > ~/cron.log 2>&1

shows nothing at all in the log file. This is everything I have in my crontab for this user, nothing else.

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Is that a typo, in your last example, shouldn't it read `which bash`, instead of which bash? –  BenjiWiebe Feb 15 '13 at 2:05

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Since your script that cron runs starts with #!/usr/bin/env bash (right?), all you need to do in your crontab is:

*/1 * * * * /path/to/script > ~/cron.log 2>&1

And make sure that the script actually outputs something; if your script is completely quiet, your log file will be empty.

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Turns out, I shouldn't have had this line:


Removing it from crontab fixed the issue.

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Am not sure what exactly you're trying to do, but for me:

# which bash

So try

/usr/bin/env /bin/bash /path/to/some/script > ~/cron.log 2>&1
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One of the scripts that I run with cron (rvm-exec) has #!/usr/bin/env bash at the top of it and I can't really change it, because it breaks everything. I realized that the problem in this particular case is with cron, not rvm, since cron doesn't even know where bash is. –  snitko Feb 15 '13 at 0:52
It completely defeats the purpose to use /usr/bin/env /bin/bash; /usr/bin/env searches the PATH for bash; you use /usr/bin/env to find bash when you are not sure where bash is at. –  BenjiWiebe Feb 15 '13 at 2:04

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