cron question

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Wed Aug 6 17:30:45 PDT 2003

Jim Pazarena <paz at> writes:

> I am trying to grep for a record from a crob job...
> the entry looks like this:
>  58  23 * * *   grep `date "+%Y-%m-%d "` /log/fylename | mail admin      
> cron complains:
>   Syntax error:  EOF in backquote substitution
> could someone enlighten me please?

You've got a quoting nightmare there.
Try wrapping it up in a shell script to be called from cron, 
and you won't have to worry what cron does to the tokens.

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