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crontab job fail to append date as log file name

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Hi,
I have the following entry in my crontab list.

16 17 * * * /usr/bin/ksh -c ". /usr/home/user/.profile ; /disk1/servers/rel/scripts/HouseKeep  > /disk1/servers/rel/log/Backup/housekeep.log.`date +%Y%m%d.%H:%M:%S`"

However the file generated is only housekeep.log.
the date part is missing.

However when I manulaly execute the following then the date part is generated.
1)/disk1/servers/rel/scripts/HouseKeep  > /disk1/servers/rel/log/Backup/housekeep.log.`date +%Y%m%d.%H:%M:%S`"

2)/usr/bin/ksh -c ". /usr/home/user/.profile ; /disk1/servers/rel/scripts/HouseKeep  > /disk1/servers/rel/log/Backup/housekeep.log.`date +%Y%m%d.%H:%M:%S`"

Many thanks in advance !!


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The prolem is the  "%" is special to cron  and and must be escaped.

change your cron entry to:

16 17 * * * /usr/bin/ksh -c ". /usr/home/user/.profile ; /disk1/servers/rel/scripts/HouseKeep  > /disk1/servers/rel/log/Backup/housekeep.log.`date +\%Y\%m\%d.\%H:\%M:\%S`"


should work.

man crontab
to learn more details
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It is better to redirect stderr to the log file as well:

16 17 * * * /usr/bin/ksh -c ". /usr/home/user/.profile ; /disk1/servers/rel/scripts/HouseKeep  > /disk1/servers/rel/log/Backup/housekeep.log.`date +\%Y\%m\%d.\%H:\%M:\%S` 2>&1"

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Hi damonchong,

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