Hi when I use the command

crontab -e

to set up cron, the commands get triggered (according to syslog) but nothing happens. Also if I run sudo crontab -e.

The only way to actually get cron working is to manually etc


I'm confused, since syslog gives me the same output for both methods. Any ideas for tracing down this bug? Thanks a lot!

  • Please post your crontab entry and if it's calling a script, post it, too. By the way, what you're experiencing would probably not be referred to as a "bug", technically speaking. – Dennis Williamson Mar 29 '10 at 1:04
  • OS/distro/version might help too. Also check permissions of /usr/lib/cron/tabs or wherever your cron(8) looks for user tabs. – Spiff Mar 29 '10 at 1:14
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    Also note that /etc/crontab and the crontab -e crontabs usually have different formats (with /etc/crontab having a user field that's not present in the per-user crontabs). – coneslayer Mar 29 '10 at 1:25
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    are you trying to run a command that needs to run with root permission? – DaveParillo Mar 29 '10 at 4:50
  • i'm with this problem too... – caarlos0 Jun 6 '12 at 18:06

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