Cron event logs says (*system*) NOT REGULAR... what does this mean

Jerome Fong jfong@successmetricsinc.com
Fri Nov 9 07:27:00 GMT 2007


Larry Hall (Cygwin) wrote:
> Jerome Fong wrote:
>> Dave Korn wrote:
>>> On 08 November 2007 20:28, Jerome Fong wrote:
>>>
>>>> Pierre A. Humblet wrote:
>>>>>> On 08 November 2007 19:29, Jerome Fong wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> I got cron working as a daemon, but now it stopped working 
>>>>>>> again.  I'm
>>>>>>> getting the following errors in the cronevents output.  Anyone 
>>>>>>> know what
>>>>>>> this means? 2007/11/08 11:02:18 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 1644:
>>>>>>> (*system*) NOT REGULAR (/etc/cron.d/cron.daily)
>>>>> It means that file is not a regular file.
>>>>>
>>>>> Pierre
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> I (jfong) owned the file.  Should (*system*) own the file?  Sorry, I
>>>> don't understand what it means when you say it is not a regular file?
>>>> What makes it Not Regular?
>>>
>>>   Is it a symlink?
>>>
>>>
>>>     cheers,
>>>       DaveK
>>
>> No, they are files not links
> 
> 
> What does 'ls -l /etc/cron.d/cron.daily' say?
> 
> 
Oops, I deleted the files to get cron to start working again.  I'll see 
if the files get created again.

Jerome


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