cron not running job

Andy Clements awc at
Tue Dec 14 10:51:00 PST 2004

Andy Clements wrote:

> Hello All,
> I'm having problems getting my freshly update FreeBSD 5.3 system to 
> run my cron jobs.  Logged in as root, I enter the job in root's 
> crontab with the following command
> crontab -e
> I enter the job in the following format:
> 05      10      *       *       *       /root/cronjobs/
> The script has the following permissions:
> -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  255 Dec 13 10:39
> I can run the script as root with no errors.  I look in the 
> /var/log/cron log and I don't see any attempt by cron to run the job.  
> There is no error either.    There are entries for the edit of the 
> crontab:
> Dec 14 10:03:36 bukowski crontab[632]: (root) BEGIN EDIT (root)
> Dec 14 10:03:45 bukowski crontab[632]: (root) REPLACE (root)
> Dec 14 10:03:45 bukowski crontab[632]: (root) END EDIT (root)
> Dec 14 11:04:00 bukowski /usr/sbin/cron[405]: (root) RELOAD (tabs/root)
> But nothing else. So, I'm at a lost.  I have the understanding that 
> cron should immediately recognize any changes to the file, but it 
> doesn't seem to be working.  I even re-booted in desperation.  Did I 
> forget some small tid-bit that needs to change for this to work?  I've 
> checked the Handbook, the FAQ, Google and the mailing list, but I 
> haven't seen any solutions.
> Please CC me with your answer as I am not on the mailing list.
> Thanks in advance,
> Andy Clements

An update.  It appears that newline or carriage return must be placed at 
the end of the crontab line for the command to run by cron.  thanks to 
anyone who answered anyway!


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