Re: Can't get this crontab entry to work
On Tue, Dec 16, 2003 at 08:22:43AM -0800, David wrote:
> 12 8 * * * tar -cf /lin2/backup_deb_`date +%m%d%y` /home /etc /var/www
> I keep getting the following error message in my mailbox from cron:
> /bin/sh: -c: line 1: unexpected EOF while looking for matching ``'
> /bin/sh: -c: line 2: syntax error: unexpected end of file
> What am I doing wrong?
> I was able to run the cron job without the time stamp, but now I really
> would like to add it and I don't seem to be having much luck. I think
> its the backtics that are giving me the problem.
No, it's the percent signs, which are special in crontabs. See 'man 5
crontab' and search for %.
Try this instead:
12 8 * * * tar -cf /lin2/backup_deb_`date +\%m\%d\%y` /home /etc /var/www
By the way, your Mail-Followup-To: line is broken:
You probably need to set the 'from' variable in ~/.muttrc to your full
e-mail address rather than just "david".
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]