[svlug] Cron not working

Skip Evans skip at bigskypenguin.com
Wed Aug 5 09:47:09 PDT 2009

Looks like from this just cron, but it is a default pretty new 
Ubuntu 9.04 install.

root at quad-core-1:/etc# ps waux | grep cron
root      7734  0.0  0.0   3480  1036 ?        Ss   08:56 
0:00 /usr/sbin/cron
root     15208  0.0  0.0   3336   788 pts/2    R+   11:44 
0:00 grep cron
root at quad-core-1:/etc#

I've been reading pages on cron, but I've found nothing why 
this particular job shouldn't run, and it does not show up in 
syslog, while the jobs on /etc/crontab do.

Here's the entry

root at quad-core-1:/etc# crontab -l
# m 	h  	dom 	mon 	dow   	command
1	5	*	*	*	/bin/cp /mnt/BSP_usr/backup/* /usr/backup/
root at quad-core-1:/etc#

As I said, I can cut and paste the command from the listing 
onto the command line and it runs fine.


Bill Ward wrote:
> Are you running cron, or anacron?  I think the latter is default in ubuntu.
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 7:47 AM, Skip Evans<skip at bigskypenguin.com> wrote:
>> Neither /etc/cron.allow or cron.deny exist, but as I
>> understand it, if neither file exists only root can run cron,
>> so it still should work?

Skip Evans
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