| Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 09:51:04 +0100
| From: "Chris Boyd " <chris.boyd at usit.ie>
| Debian Etch 4.0. I was trying to get a script to run from crontab.
| I've edited it several times and now cron doesn't seem to be running.
| I'm getting the following from syslog:
|[ ... ]
| Aug 13 17:22:53 usit-mail cron: Error: bad hour; while reading /etc/crontab
|[ ... ]
| This is my crontab...I can't see what is wrong with the syntax.
weird character someplace?
I don't see any looking at the raw e-mail,
but MUAs and cut-and-paste have a nasty habit
of messing things up, so that doesn't mean too much.
the one slightly odd thing I noticed is the line
after the setting of PATH is not empty, but seems
to consist of one(?) space. whilst I _think_
that's Ok (for GNU cron), you might want to ensure
the apparently-empty lines to be really empty.
also, what is are differences between the a
working version crontab (ideally the last one
that worked) and the one posted? presumably,
the problem is somewhere in those differences?
(perhaps you should pull a working one from a
recent backup — to compare — if you don't have
any other saved copy.)
p.s., hint to programmers, designers, QA folk,
and managers: this is a case where a better
error message — in this case, more feedback,
such as both the line number and unexpected
character — would be a great help.
error messages are important!
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