At 10:11 AM 10/2/2008, DAve wrote:
Good morning all,

We have a cronjob we need to run as nobody from /etc/crontab and it seems to be not working. The job runs, but not as user nobody.

I noticed two things,

1) the job to update the locate DB runs as nobody, because the script uses su to become nobody.
echo /usr/libexec/locate.updatedb | nice -5 su -fm nobody || rc=3

2) nobody, as expected, has no shell or home dir in /etc/password.

I searched around for an answer but didn't see anything concerning this other than a patch to cron to check if setuid fails.

Is setting the user to nobody in /etc/crontab not possible?



I've done this two different ways:
One is to use sudo and have your script su - to nobody. You will need to test your script first before trying it through cron.

Create a cronjob for nobody using:
crontab -e -u nobody

Hope this helps.

-Derek --
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