cron problems finally resolved

Igor Pechtchanski pechtcha@cs.nyu.edu
Fri Sep 26 15:54:00 GMT 2003


On Fri, 26 Sep 2003, Øyvind Harboe wrote:

> After much knashing of teeth, I've finally figured out
> what made my cron scripts fail:
>
> In a normal shell, the /usr/bin is in at the front of
> the $PATH.
>
> When cron runs as a cygrunsrv service /usr/bin is at the
> end of the $PATH.
>
> In my case, I had a Windows version of "tar" that being executed
> instead of CygWins "tar", but only when run from within cron
> as a service.
>
> My workaround was to launch the subcript in question via "bash":
>
> bash --login -i -c "sh /cygdrive/c/foo/backup.sh"
>
>
> This is not the first time I've run into $PATH problems between
> Windows and CygWin. Something to look out for.
>
> Øyvind

Øyvind,

FWIW, you don't have to invoke "sh" since you're already invoking bash,
i.e., you could change your invocation to

bash --login -i -c "cygdrive/c/foo/backup.sh"

(or even without a -c)...  Take a look at the "-e" option to cygrunsrv --
it might help.  Also, the following thread might be of interest:
<http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2003-09/msg01633.html>.
	Igor
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