Trouble-shooting Cron Problems FreeBSD5.4

Lane lane at
Tue Oct 31 18:26:55 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 31 October 2006 12:08, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	After building a new FreeBSD5.4 system, I have done
> something bad to it.
> 	When cron runs jobs in /etc/crontab as operator, it seems
> as if that 6TH field in /etc/crontab is being interpreted as a
> command rather than the user ID it is supposed to run under.  I
> keep getting messages like:
> From:    operator at system.domainname (Cron Daemon)
> Subject: Cron <operator at system> root	newsyslog
> root: not found
> 	Comparing this system with another properly-functioning
> 5.4 system has, as of yet, shown nothing unusual.  If I become
> root and manually run the job in question, it runs without a
> complaint.
> 	The crontab file on the problem system is an exact copy
> of the crontab file on the working system.  Both crons appear to
> be running with the same flags as in
>   465  ??  Ss     3:24.39 /usr/sbin/cron -s
> 	Any suggestions as to what I should look at next?  Both
> systems' crons are showing the same environments if I make them
> run the env command.  Many thanks.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group
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Post the offending line or even all of /etc/crontab


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