Pierre A. Humblet
Thu Sep 13 15:35:00 GMT 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "René Berber" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:00 AM
Subject: Re: cron

Pierre A. Humblet wrote:

> | On W2K3, if you expect a service to be able to switch user contexts, you
> | need a special service account.  You can use the 'sshd_server' account that
> | would be created for you if you configure 'sshd' and ask it to create the
> | account when it asks you.  See the "/usr/share/doc/Cygwin/openssh.README"
> | for details.
> The above is correct, but later cron was switch to run as PolsonA

Wrong, the log just shows that the user edited his crontab (i.e. did a `crontab
-e`) which does a reload on exit.  Larry's diagnostic is right, cron shouldn't
be running as the user PolsonA.

> 2007/09/12 16:19:31 [PolsonA] cron: PID 1432: `cron' service started
> 2007/09/12 16:19:41 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) BEGIN EDIT (PolsonA)
> 2007/09/12 16:19:46 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) REPLACE (PolsonA)
> 2007/09/12 16:19:46 [PolsonA] crontab: PID 2844: (PolsonA) END EDIT (PolsonA)
> 2007/09/12 16:20:01 [PolsonA] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 2564: (PolsonA) RELOAD (tabs/PolsonA)

The reload is done by /usr/sbin/cron itself on the next minute after the crontab -e exit,
see the last entry above.
There is nothing bad about running cron as yourself if you are the only cron user on a machine.


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