cron stops silently

Phil Brennan phil.brennan at
Fri May 27 06:37:45 PDT 2005

From: Phil Brennan <phil.brennan at>
Date: May 27, 2005 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: cron stops silently
To: Dean Strik <dean at>

On 5/27/05, Dean Strik <dean at> wrote:
> Phil Brennan wrote:
> > Since updating our server to 5.4-STABLE, I've noticed a very strange
> > problem with cron.
> > Sometimes it just decides to stop, for no apparent reason. It stops at
> > different times, it doesn't seem to be affected by any particular
> > cronjob.
> > There are no messages about this in any logfile, it just stops running
> > and I have to start it manually. Obviously this is a major PITA. Can
> > anyone help me to debug this problem further? I really don't know
> > where to look. Searches of all freebsd mailing lists have turned up
> > with nothing.
> I just filed PR 81555 about this. For me, it appears that cron(8) exits
> after a SIGPIPE when an LDAP-user does a crontab -e. Are you also using
> LDAP here? See also the PR (hasn't appeared on the website when I type
> this btw).
> --
> Dean C. Strik             Eindhoven University of Technology
> dean at  |  dean at  |
> "This isn't right. This isn't even wrong." -- Wolfgang Pauli

aha, I had a faint suspicion that was it.
Yes, I'm using ldap, and I've just managed to reproduce the problem.
I'm wondering if this has anything to do with nss_ldap, I haven't
rebuilt it since moving from 5.2.1-Release to 5-STABLE.
Did you do a fresh install or an upgrade?


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