What invokes cricket on FreeBSD

stan stanb at panix.com
Thu Sep 3 12:25:34 UTC 2009

On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 07:48:57AM -0400, stan wrote:
> I have inherited a system that uses Cricket on FreeBSD to do some data
> collection. I have set this up myself in the distnat past, but this time I
> asked a contractor to set it up. I no longer have access to this
> contractor, and the toher day, we shut down the system this was running on,
> and when we rebooted the system, cricket id not resume collecting data.
> I don't see anyhting in /usr/local/etc/rc.d to start it up, nor do I see
> anything in /etc/crontag. I don't seen any processes owned by cricket
> running.
> In FreeBSD, how is this process noramally invoked?

Sorry to reply to my own message, but I have more data. I did find 

-rw-------  1 root  wheel  288 Jan 12  2009 /var/cron/tabs/cricke

Which is, I am failry certain, what is _intended_ to invoke the cricket
process. However, acording to the cricket logs, the last time I have an
entry is Aug 29th, which was when the machine was shut down. So, I decided
to try running this command by hand. Now, to do so I need to be the cricket
user, so I tried to su - cricket. I was told that this user was not
avaialble. Looking in /etc/passwd. I found that this users shell was listed
as /usr/sbin/nologin. I edited /etc/paswd to change this to /nin/sh, but I
still get the smae error message when I try to su to that user.

What do I need to change to be able to su to this suer, and might this be
the reason tha it's crontab entry is notbeing run?

One of the main causes of the fall of the roman empire was that, lacking
zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C

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