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Re: date '+%a %b %e %Y' does not work from within crontab.

On Fri, 1 Mar 2002, Shaul Karl wrote:

>    date '+%a %b %e %Y'
>work from within crontab?

It likely won't with Vixie Cron. IIRC, Vixie Cron uses the % character
as a newline/comment. Here's the relevant part from crontab(5)

       The ``sixth'' field (the rest of the line)  specifies  the
       command  to  be  run.   The  entire command portion of the
       line, up to a newline or % character, will be executed  by
       /bin/sh or by the shell specified in the SHELL variable of
       the cronfile.  Percent-signs (%) in  the  command,  unless
       escaped  with  backslash (\), will be changed into newline
       characters, and all data after the first % will be sent to
       the command as standard input.

Cameron Kerr

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