stan wrote: > On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 07:48:57AM -0400, stan wrote: >> I have inherited a system that uses Cricket on FreeBSD to do some data >> collection. I have set this up myself in the distnat past, but this time I >> asked a contractor to set it up. I no longer have access to this >> contractor, and the toher day, we shut down the system this was running on, >> and when we rebooted the system, cricket id not resume collecting data. >> >> I don't see anyhting in /usr/local/etc/rc.d to start it up, nor do I see >> anything in /etc/crontag. I don't seen any processes owned by cricket >> running. >> >> In FreeBSD, how is this process noramally invoked? > > Sorry to reply to my own message, but I have more data. I did find > > -rw------- 1 root wheel 288 Jan 12 2009 /var/cron/tabs/cricke > > Which is, I am failry certain, what is _intended_ to invoke the cricket > process. However, acording to the cricket logs, the last time I have an > entry is Aug 29th, which was when the machine was shut down. So, I decided > to try running this command by hand. Now, to do so I need to be the cricket > user, so I tried to su - cricket. I was told that this user was not > avaialble. Looking in /etc/passwd. I found that this users shell was listed > as /usr/sbin/nologin. I edited /etc/paswd to change this to /nin/sh, but I > still get the smae error message when I try to su to that user. > > What do I need to change to be able to su to this suer, and might this be > the reason tha it's crontab entry is notbeing run?
Try: # su -m cricket although the best way to examine and/or modify that user's crontab is: # crontab -e -u cricket The cricket user not having a usable shell should not stop cron(8) from running jobs, as it defaults to using /bin/sh or else the value of any SHELL= line in the crontab for running the specified jobs. Cheers, Matthew -- Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. Flat 3 7 Priory Courtyard PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Ramsgate Kent, CT11 9PW, UK
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