At 11:33 AM 12/4/2008, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
On Thu, 04 Dec 2008 06:30:13 -0600, Derek Ragona <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> /root is on /dev/da0s1a
> This particular server is running in a VM on a vmware esx 3.5 server.
> The server runs fine, but every so often the dot files disappear for
> root.  I have not found the behavior to follow a reboot, but some period
> of time.  Hence my suspicions it was a periodic script.

Check your crontab jobs then.

  * Do you have any local changes to the system crontab in
    `/etc/crontab'?  If yes, what are those changes, and what do the
    scripts or other commands they run look like?

  * Do you have a user-specific crontab file for `root' in
    `/var/cron/tabs/root'?  If yes what does it contain?


Thank you to everyone who made great suggestions. I found the errant script, and it was running out of a cron entry to clean up old mailscanner files. It seems if the directories in the script didn't all exist, and a cd failed, it left the script running in /root. I have since corrected the script to test for the directories existence first.

But this was a case of "can't see the forest for the trees" and I do appreciate all the help and suggestions.


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