RE: crontab and cron

From: David Blomberg (
Date: 12/05/02

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    From: David Blomberg <>
    Date: 05 Dec 2002 17:18:48 +0900

    This happens a lot if the shell script is not made executable.

    David Blomberg
    APS, CCNA, LCP, Linux+, RHCE, Server+
    Nihon Libertec

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    From: Andrew Weaver <>
    To: "''" <>
    Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 10:09:35 +0200 

    Looks like you are trying to execute a command called "root". /bin/sh is the
    source of the error message.

    On Wednesday, December 04, 2002 4:22 PM, Harper, John P
    [] wrote:
    > I have a small problem setting up cron jobs for root on a RedHat Linux
    > Server.
    > Does anyone know where cron gets its X-Cron-Env: <variable> from?
    > When cron executes the script, the following gets mailed to root on the
    > server.
    > ***********************************************************************
    > m: root@localhost.localdomain (Cron Daemon)
    > To: root@localhost.localdomain
    > Subject: Cron <root@localhost> root /etc/httpd/conf/nmbd.chk
    > X-Cron-Env: <SHELL=/bin/sh>
    > X-Cron-Env: <HOME=/root>
    > X-Cron-Env: <PATH=/usr/bin:/bin>
    > X-Cron-Env: <LOGNAME=root>
    > /bin/sh: root: command not found
    > ************************************************************************
    > No error messages appear in system logs.
    > The script contains #!/bin/bash as the first line.
    > sh is a link to the bash shell in the /bin directory.
    > I have done an extensive search on Red Hat's site for any information on
    > this topic and come up dry.
    > The man pages do not shed much light in to this either.
    > I have never run across this before when setting up a cron or crontab job
    > request.
    > Sincerely,
    > John P. Harper CCNA / MCP
    > Security Administrator
    > EDS Department of Education Account
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