View Full Version : [all variants] Does cron need to be restarted if a new user creates a crontab?

July 20th, 2009, 07:50 PM
On a box, that I don't have root access to, I added a job to my crontab to run every hour. So far it doesn't appear to be running (if it is then I'm not getting an email and I don't have root access to the logs) but the databases that my script is supposed to update has not been updated. I don't know for sure if it's due to an error or if it's just because the cron job's not running.

My user hasn't used crontab previously and I just did today:

crontab -e
and added my job (and a MAILTO variable).

If I do ps aux | grep crond then I see:

root 3282 0.0 0.1 57216 1072 ? Ss Jul07 0:00 crond
htiadmin 20886 0.0 0.0 51092 672 pts/1 R+ 15:08 0:00 grep crond

Can somebody tell me if I need to do something to get my own cron job running? Does the entire cron service need to be restared, or is there something I can do with my own user?

July 20th, 2009, 08:36 PM
No, if you created it with the crontab command then you don't need to restart it. If you directly added a crontab file (believe /var/spool/crontabs - or is that solaris.. mmm), then you need to restart crontab.

Maybe something wrong with your script/crontab entry. Care to share?