Unable to get cygwin cron to work

Denis sysdrk@wowway.com
Sat Aug 16 01:45:00 GMT 2014


I'm trying unsuccesfully to get cron to work under 64-bit cywin under Win7
Pro.  First, I tried running as myself (running cygwin with system
administrator privilege):

$ cron-config
Do you want to install the cron daemon as a service? (yes/no) yes
Enter the value of CYGWIN for the daemon: [ ]

Do you want the cron daemon to run as yourself? (yes/no) yes

WARNING: User dkertz appears 2 times in /etc/passwd.
This may confuse the system
Edit /etc/passwd and assign unique user ids.

Please enter the password for user 'dkertz':
Reenter:
Running cron_diagnose ...
WARNING: You do not currently have a crontab file.

... no problem found.

Do you want to start the cron daemon as a service now? (yes/no) yes
cygrunsrv: Error starting a service: StartService:  Win32 error 1069:
The service did not start due to a logon failure.

>From the above you can see the warning about my login appearing twice in
/etc/passwd:

$ grep dkertz /etc/passwd
dkertz:unused:1003:513:dkertz,U-USNAVN0D011H46\dkertz,
S-1-5-21-2470246883-414681431-158823764-1003:/home/dkertz:/bin/bash
dkertz:unused:295587:10513:U-NA02\dkertz,
S-1-5-21-2112754840-354624142-596004286-285587:/home/dkertz:/bin/bash

USNAVN0D011H46 is the PC machine name and NA02 is the domain set up by
corporate IT.  Does this suggest IT has messed up?  I log into the PC using
the na02\dkertz login.

Thinking this login duplication might be the problem, I changed /etc/passwd
to contain only the first login and then only the second login with the same
results - logon failure when running cron-config.

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Next, I decided to try running cron under the password -R option:

First, I ran the /usr/bin/cygserver-config and verified the service was
running using services.msc.  Then I ran password -R.  The the cron config:

$ cron-config
Cron is already installed as a service under account .\cyg_server.
Do you want to remove or reinstall it? (yes/no) yes
OK. The cron service was removed.

Do you want to install the cron daemon as a service? (yes/no) yes
Enter the value of CYGWIN for the daemon: [ ]

You must decide under what account the cron daemon will run.

Do you want the cron daemon to run as yourself? (yes/no) no
Were the passwords of all cron users saved with "passwd -R", or
are you using the cyglsa package ? (yes/no) yes

The cron daemon will run as SYSTEM.

Running cron_diagnose ...
... no problem found.

Do you want to start the cron daemon as a service now? (yes/no) yes
OK. The cron daemon is now running.

Now the cron runs but a scheduled cron job doesn't run and this is what the
cronevents shows:

2014/08/15 19:41:01 [SYSTEM] /usr/sbin/cron: PID 4692: (dkertz) WRONG FILE
OWNER (tabs/dkertz)

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Anybody have any suggestions or advice?  Could the problem be that corporate
IT has somehow messed up the PC, as the duplicate login in /etc/passwd might
be the case.

Denis




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