empty cron.log, user switching problem on Windows 10 with Microsoft id

Pierre A Humblet Pierre.Humblet@ieee.org
Fri Dec 18 14:51:00 GMT 2015

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jason Crawford
> Sent: Friday, December 18, 2015 2:17 AM
> Hello everyone,
>     Thanks for a great offering and all the help you provide.    I've
> used cygwin for a few years, but not deeply.  cron is one of the tools I
> find very handy.   Recently I upgraded to Windows 10 and ran in to
> problems on my Surface Pro 3.   I installed cygwin cron (latest cygwin
> 32bit (2.873).  Cron is 4.1-63.) and it seemed to work but as soon as I switched
> my laptop to use the Microsoft ID cron as Microsoft suggest,
> cron stopped working, complaining that it can not switch id's.   If I do
> a fresh install of Win10, switch to the Microsoft ID, and install cygwin
> and cron, cron won't even work once.   And if I do a fresh install of
> Win10 and never switch to the Microsoft id, cygwin cron works fine.
> When it fails, the cronevents log file complains that it can't switch user id's.
> I really don't do much.  I just install cygwin with cron, emacs, ssh, inetutils,
> unison, wget.  Then I start up a cygwin window as
> administrator.   Then cron-config, yes (service), [] (blank CYGWIN),
> yes (self), yes (start daemon).   Then I create a trivial cron file "*/1
> * * * *  date >~/cron_is_running.txt".   crontab mycron     ... and I
> wait a minute.  Then I invoke cronevents.
> I want to try out all the features of that Microsoft touts as coming with use of
> the Microsoft ID, but I don't want to lose cron.
> What do we all suggest that I do next?

Is that only with Cron or also with other services such as passwordless sshd?

Unfortunately I have no Windows 10 nor Microsoft ID to test. 

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