Newbie question: Why aren't my cron jobs running?

Walter Hurry walterhurry at
Wed Jun 13 23:23:22 UTC 2012

On Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:21:31 -0500, Dan Lists wrote:

> The syntax of his crontab file is correct.  Vixie cron does care about
> leading spaces, tabs, extra spaces, or leading zeros.  Earlier versions
> of cron are much pickier about the crontab file.   The cron logs show
> that it is starting his jobs at the correct times.
> It is far more likely that there is a problem with the scripts.  A very
> common cause of problems with scripts run from cron is that they do not
> inherit your environment.   Do the scripts run from the command line? 
> If the do, then the problem is most likely something in your environment
> that the scripts need.

I'm a complete idiot, and I feel embarrassed. Everything was fine, except 
that I had missed out '/bin' in the paths of the jobs.

I had:

which should of course have been:

What a stupid mistake! Thanks for all the replies, but I must say sorry 
for wasting your time. Sorry!


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