Probably working too hard for this cron question

Gary Gatten Ggatten at
Mon Jun 13 21:15:00 UTC 2011

Yeah Pete, kinda need that huh.  Kurt, If that turns out to be the only issue, don't feel bad - I've forgotten it myself several times!  I'm sure many others have as well!


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From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of pete wright
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 3:25 PM
To: Kurt Buff
Cc: FreeBSD Questions
Subject: Re: Probably working too hard for this cron question

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM, Kurt Buff <kurt.buff at> wrote:
> All,
> I've googled a bunch, read some docs, and just can't
> figure this out.
> I have a script that should read the current date into a variable,
> append the time/date stamp at the beginning of the file created with
> the date in the variable, do a bunch of cURL stuff, then append a
> time/date stamp at the end of the file.
> It works if I run it manually, but not from cron.
> Here are the batchfile and the cron entry:
> ----------begin script----------
> dt=`/bin/date "+%Y-%m-%d"`
> /bin/date > /root/$dt-external1.txt
> /usr/local/bin/curl -K /root/urls.txt >> /root/$dt-external1.txt
> /bin/date >> /root/$dt-external1.txt
> ----------end script----------
> ----------begin crontab----------
> 15 12 * * *        /root/
> ----------end crontab----------
> I'm doing all of this as root, as you can see.
> The job launches - I can see an entry for cURL in top - but no file in /root.
> I've tried several variations on the first line of the script, but I'm
> getting nowhere, though I'm sure it's something stupidly simple that
> I'm missing.
> What am I missing?

#!/bin/sh ?


pete wright
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