Cron problem on Windows 2003

Pierre A. Humblet
Fri Jan 28 21:10:00 GMT 2005

Igor Pechtchanski wrote:

> Right.  I'm wondering whether the above section from the openssh.README
> should be copied to /usr/share/doc/Cygwin/cron.README?  The cron.README
> could also use some more info about what the cron-config script, similar
> to that in the openssh.README.

Right. Comments about the following blurb?


This is the Cygwin port of Paul Vixie's cron-3.01. 
The script /usr/bin/cron-config can be used to install
cron as a service on all Windows platforms supported by Cygwin.

Note that on NT systems, cron relies on the Cygwin feature to be able
to switch the user context without password. On NT/W2K, it can
run under SYSTEM account, while on Win2003 it must run under an
account with special privileges.
In both those cases, the child processes may not have access to
net shares. An alternative is to run the service under your own
account. This gives access to net shares but does not allow to
run the crontab of other users.

Important:  Make sure you have a Cygwin MTA (e. g. either exim or ssmtp)
installed and configured!  Cron tries to access the MTA by calling
/usr/sbin/sendmail.  On Cygwin this is usually a symlink pointing to the
appropriate binary.  This symlink gets created by the MTA's configuration
scripts (e. g. /usr/bin/exim-config or /usr/bin/ssmtp-config).

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