Re: What's the problem with this cron command
On Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 5:42 PM, T o n g <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 12:19:10 -0700, David Fox wrote:
> >> Please take a look at the following cron task:
> >> * * * * * root ps -eaf | grep -E 'cdrecord.* -[dts]ao |cdrdao
> >> *write|growisofs.*speed=' > /dev/null || logger get executed.
> > I'm not exactly sure why you want to do that - the five asterisks
> > mean run this command every minute of every day.
> It is for testing.
> >> PS. I'm sure the PATH is setup properly in my cron, so cron can find ps
> >> & grep.
> > cron runs in a restricted environment and doesn't (to my knowledge)
> > source $PATH from anywhere, so you need to explicitly add the paths
> > (i.e., /usr/bin/cdrecord) or run a shell script that sets those & then
> > runs your command.
> You are only partly true. FYI, I can invoke my own command from
> un-standard (ie weird) places without specifying path.
YOU may well be able to do that, but cron almost certainly cannot,
without explicit path information (as was just suggested).