Cron entry & .profile question
From: Linnabary, Paul (paul.linnabary_at_boeing.com)
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 15:12:13 -0500 To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cron jobs can be confusing at times. When I run a script I wrote from
the command line, it runs perfectly. When I run it as a root cron job
each night, it does not do what it is supposed to do. I get a root
email message each morning telling me what went wrong. Without going
into the details of the error, I do know that to fix it, I need to
correctly get the .profile of the user account that owns this script
into my script. Sun document #5838 regarding "how to include a .profile
or .login in cron execution" states cron runs using the bourne shell.
The bourne shell uses the command "." to mean execute the following file
in the current shell. This is equivalent to the csh "source" command.
The usage to include the .profile (or .login ) file is [cron time
entries] . $HOME/.profile ;[other sh commands]. The file being included
must consist of bourne shell commands. This is all a bit confusing to
me. Should I run my cron job as root or should I make a new cron entry
for the user account that owns the script. This user is set up with
/bin/ksh. If it is okay to just run this script with a root cron entry,
please advise as to where I need to make this $HOME/.profile line entry.
Would it go in the script I am running or on the cronjob entry line?
Thanks! Paul in Kansas
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