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Re: Cron Issue
----- Original Message -----
From: "Barnhart Jay" <>
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 11:02 AM
Subject: RE: Cron Issue
Here is the cronbug dump....I deleted a lot of the event log history to
reduce the size....It's all the same error over and over again since
it's running every 5 minutes...
The main error messages are
2007/08/13 06:45:01 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 636: (dsorftpt_edms) CMD
(/home/dsorftpt_edms/mmis/test.sh >> $HOME/mmis/cron.log)
2007/08/13 06:45:01 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 636: (CRON) error (can't switch user context)
The problem is simply that you are running the cron daemon as SYSTEM on a Windows 2003 machine.
Unfortunately on Windows 2003 SYSTEM does not have the privilege to setuid.
This is indicated plainly in the cron-config script, which offers to create a privilege server.
You seem to have
done so because /var/log/cron.log is owned by cron_server.
I have no idea why your cron daemon is now running as SYSTEM.
Once the service has been created (under SYSTEM or any other user name),
cron_diagnose.sh simply checks that the various permissions are OK for
cron to run, it doesn't give any additional warnings if you are on
You should run cron-config again and reinstall the service.
You have one other problem with the Administrator crontab:
2007/08/13 06:22:39 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 3156: (CRON) STARTUP (V5.0)
2007/08/13 06:22:39 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 3156: (Administrator) WRONG FILE OWNER
That crontab is ignored by cron, only the one for dsorftpt_edms is taken into account.
That error is weird because ls -l shows
-rw-r----- 1 Administrator Administrators 248 Aug 10 12:21 /var/cron/tabs/Administrator
Do you have several Administrator in /etc/passwd?
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