Perl script gives error in cron


I have a perl script which gives me the following error when it runs in cron:

write: can't find your tty

The purpose of the script is to send a notification to sysadm via the write unix command.

The script is as follows:
$username = "sysadm";
$message = "here";
  open term, "|/usr/bin/write $username";
  print term $message;
  close term;

Any ideas on a fix?

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not a perl problem: try this shell script instead, it won't work either. the reason is that CRON runs as a daemon, so isn't attached to a tty.


echo $MESG | write $USER

angelmoonAuthor Commented:
Thanks, kandura. I figured that out yesterday. I discovered that wall -g command works, so I am using that to broadcast a message.
In that case, I suggest you ask for your question to be removed and your points refunded.
I'm just glad I didn't have to go figure out how to find and open tty's ;^)
Closed, 125 points refunded.

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