I'm guessing you're having problems with environment settings,
the vagaries of the question don't give me much to go on (something
along the lines of, "when I try to do x in cron, I get the error y;
but it works fine when the user runs it outside of cron" would be more
Well, this got me thinking and I had to do some playing around to
figure out what was wrong...
The difference was that I was testing the command by su-ing into the
user, rather than logging in as that user. What I didn't know was su
does not change your environment, only permissions (as far as I can
So I was testing with my environment, but crontab was running under
the other user's environment.
I always thought that su user and login user were equivalent. Now I
know better :-)
Anyway, thanks for putting me on the right path.
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