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  1. #1
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    Root Crons not workin...

    I have this cron:

    */15 * * * * chmod 644 /var/log/exim_mainlog /dev/null

    in the

    /etc/crontab

    But it doesn't work. I did try a few variations that I don't recall offhand. Anyone know why it might not work?

    It's for the Mail-Watch system. Whenever there's a log rotate or /scripts/mailperm is run the chmod is set back to its default and Mail-Watch can't read it.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

  2. #2
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    got that working - but now cpanel erases all the crons on the server located in

    /home/user/

    but the ones in

    /var/spool/cron/

    are still there trying to run.

  3. #3
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    So in short, I'm retarded.

    I edited the /etc/crontab manually via pico -w which I noe hear is a bad thing. *eep!*

    So anyhow - it screwed my /dev/null so that other users can't write to it. Thus breaking their crons that use /dev/null

    When I do this - I get....

    ls -l /dev/null
    crw-r--r-- 1 root root 1, 3 Sep 15 2003 /dev/null

    Could someone please let me know if that's the problem?
    Thank you much!

  4. #4
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    Everyone should have write access to /dev/null.

    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 1, 3 Apr 11 2002 /dev/null

    Try "chmod 666 /dev/null".

    Then fix this line:

    chmod 644 /var/log/exim_mainlog /dev/null

    shoud be

    chmod 644 /var/log/exim_mainlog > /dev/null

    Although chmod won't output any info anyway unless it fails, so you may want to drop the /dev/null entirely.
    Last edited by BigGorilla; 04-29-2004 at 03:25 PM.

  5. #5
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    hmm thanks - and good point!

    *gives that a shot*

  6. #6
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    And it worked.

    Thank you very much BigGorilla! I should have realised that but I just don't know much about crons and used others as examples...

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