On Fri, 24 Apr 2009 11:39:21 -0400
Jerry McAllister <jerr...@msu.edu> wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 06:14:26PM +0300, Ghirai wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:08:13 +0300
> > Ghirai <ghi...@ghirai.com> wrote:
> > 
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > I'm trying to get a python script to run from /etc/crontab, but it
> > > won't work.
> > > 
> > > I've read about the most common issues being related to paths,
> > > but my script uses no paths at all.
> > > 
> > > This is my /etc/crontab line:
> > > 
> > > */5     *       *       *       *
> > > munin   /usr/local/bin/python /root/myscript.py
> > > >> /var/log/myscript.log
> > > 
> > > I used munin user because i already have it (can i run it under
> > > 'nobody'?).
> > > 
> > > This is what /var/log/cron says:
> > > 
> > > Apr 24 18:00:01 triton /usr/sbin/cron[4361]: (munin) CMD
> > > (/usr/local/bin/python /root/myscript.py
> > > >> /var/log/myscript.log)
> > > 
> > > 
> > > However the script doesn't seem to run at all.
> > > 
> > > Obviously it works if i run it stand-alone, as any user.
> > > I'm running 7.1-RELEASE-p4, i386.
> > > 
> > > What am i doing wrong?
> > > 
> > > Thanks.
> > > 
> > 
> > Ok i just changed 'who' column to root and it works.
> > Why won't it work as any other user?
> > Permissions for myscript.py are 555.
> 
> Isn't /etc/crontab the root cron and should not be used by users?
> 
> To set up a crontab for a user, do:     crontab -e
> while logged in as that user.   You can also do it from root
> by using the   -u user_name   option in the command, eg.  if
> the user is joe     crontab -u joe -e    
> 
> You should never edit the tab files directly.
> 
> You may also have to set up  /var/cron/allow  and  /var/cron/deny
> files.
> 
> In addition, the ownership and permissions on the files/scripts
> you are trying to run from cron must be correct.
> 
> ////jerry

Alright, i added the cron for 'nobody' as above, and it seems to work.

Thanks everyone.

-- 
Regards,
Ghirai.
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