using Linux aaccli in a cron job

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Wed Aug 10 19:23:35 GMT 2005

In the last episode (Aug 10), Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC said:
> I have a 5.4-R system with an Adaptec 2200S.  I also have Linux
> emulation running and the aac_linux kernel module installed and I can
> run the aaccli program successfully in a terminal window and use it
> to check status of the RAID controller.  However, if I do it from a
> cron job (same script as I run in a terminal) I get no output. 
> aaccli uses terminal control commands and I suspect it is detecting
> that it is not connected to a terminal and hence not running. 
> However, I so-far have not been able to get the Cron output to check
> for errors due to the fact that the mail server rejects it for not
> having a valid From/Sender and cron does not seem to set a From on
> its mail or something.

Cron should always set From, To, and Subject:

                fprintf(mail, "From: %s (Cron Daemon)\n", usernm);
                fprintf(mail, "To: %s\n", mailto);
                fprintf(mail, "Subject: Cron <%s@%s> %s\n",
                    usernm, first_word(hostname, "."),

> Any ideas on how to get this aaccli program to run in a cron job?
> Adaptec really took a step backwards when they went to this aaccli
> from the earlier raidutils used with asr devices.  The output is
> cryptic and a pita to work with.

It seems to work for me on a PowerEdge 2550 and a PERC 3/Di card. 
Putting something like this in cron:

/usr/local/bin/aaccli open /readonly aac0 : enclosure show status : disk show smart : container list /full : diagnostic show text

gives me a whole lot of info back in the email.

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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