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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:

  Mail-Followup-To: david@murphy.debian.org,
          debian-user <debian-user@lists.debian.org>

You probably need to set the 'from' variable in ~/.muttrc to your full
e-mail address rather than just "david".


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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