Strange periodic problem

Paul Schmehl pschmehl_lists at
Tue Oct 24 05:13:35 UTC 2017

--On October 24, 2017 at 12:22:06 AM -0400 zep <zgreenfelder at> 

> On 10/23/2017 10:51 PM, Paul Schmehl wrote:
>> I wrote a script to do database backups. It worked well, so I copied
>> it to another server. I had to alter it, because the db was too big to
>> send through email, so it creates the backup, removes the previous
>> days and then sends email to me notifying me that it ran. Except, it
>> doesn't work.
>> And I have no idea why.
> what does your /etc/crontab file look like?  how does it compare
> between the two machines?

A diff shows they are identical.

>> The periodic script is executable.
>> # ls -lsa /etc/periodic/daily/220.dbbackup
>> 2 -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  37 Oct 19 12:31
>> /etc/periodic/daily/220.dbbackup
>> The script calls sh to run the actual script.
>> # cat /etc/periodic/daily/220.dbbackup
>> # !/bin/sh
>> /usr/local/bin/
> do you get anything more useful if you change the line to sh -x to
> call the .sh file?  is it possible there are some weird control
> characters in any of those files?  e.g. do they still look the
> same if you cat -v them?

Well, they're not the same. They're quite similar, but not the same. In 
answering Adam's question, I now realize that NONE of the periodic scripts 
are running.

>> Periodic.conf enables the script.
>> # grep dbbackup /etc/periodic.conf
>> daily_dbbackup_enable="YES"
>> The script itself is executable.
>> # ls -lsa /usr/local/bin/
>> 2 -rwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  446 Oct 11 23:40
>> /usr/local/bin/
>> The script runs manually, and I get the email.
>> # /usr/local/bin/
>> rm: /usr/home/pauls/102217.alldb.sql: No such file or directory
>> (The previous backup doesn't exist, because the script isn't running
>> daily.)
>> What have I missed?
>> Paul Schmehl, Retired
> what version of freebsd did it first run on?  what's the version of the
> new machine (or more importantly, are they at the same versions?)
Both machines are running FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE.

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Paul Schmehl, Retired
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