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Re: cron and network drives

Andrew DeFaria wrote:

Larry Hall wrote:

Hard to say exactly with the information given. My WAG is that the user from whom you're running the cron job for is logged in and authenticated by Windows on the second machine when cron runs but not on the first machine.

Only one user is in use on both machines. In fact I accessed both machines using remote desktop logged in as that user. The crontab is that same user, etc.

This is assuming the share is not public, which would mean you have a completely different (network) problem on the first machine.

Could you please describe exactly what is a "public" share, what is not a public share (I assume that would be a private share) and how does one tell the difference? Also, assuming that in the case that works it works because it's a public share and in the case that doesn't work it fails because it's a private share then how do I go about changing the private share to a public share?

I really wish that somebody would address this issue once and for all. I often here such things as a "public mount" but to date nobody has ventured a guess as to what a "public mount" would be and how it would differ from a "non public mount". I think I have a situation here that clearly shows that something is odd whereas on one machine a mounted drive is available via cron and on another machine it is not. Both machines are setup nearly identically with the same user (in the same domain though geographically separated by thousands of miles). The only difference I see is that the versions of Cygwin and cron are different.

The situation is this: There are two machines: hosta and hostb. The user in question is the same, userc. Now on hosta the T drive is mounted from //hosta/share. On hostb the T drive is mounted from //hostb/share (The share is replicated on both machines and has bascially the same stuff - Tools. This is done because of the thousands of miles of seperation between the two machines).

A cronjob is setup for userc on both hosta and hostb doing merely:

* * * * * net use > /tmp/netuse

On hosta it shows the T drive is OK while on hostb it shows the T drive is unavailable.

hosta and hostb are both Windows 2000 servers. hosta is running Cygwin 1.3.20, cron 3.0.1-7. hostb is running Cygwin 1.3.22, cron 3.0.1-10.

Can somebody explain why this works on hosta and not on hostb? And if that explaination is "because the share on hosta is public and on hostb it is not" then please let me know what a "public mount" is and how can I make the mount on hostb public.


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