Crontab jobs used to work fine, but stopped working at a certain (random) moment.
Any hints, please shoot.
Below I'll show what happens:
root@backup:/backup# cat /etc/issue
Ubuntu 8.04.1 \n \l
root@backup:/backup# uname -a
Linux backup 2.6.24-19-server #1 SMP Wed Aug 20 23:54:28 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
root@backup:/backup# ps -ax | grep cron
Warning: bad ps syntax, perhaps a bogus '-'? See http://procps.sf.net/faq.html
629 ? Ss 0:00 /usr/sbin/cron
692 pts/1 S+ 0:00 grep cron
root@backup:/backup# crontab -l
# m h dom mon dow command
* * * * * root /backup/backup
Thu Apr 22 11:49:42 EDT 2010
root@backup:/backup# ls -lut /backup/backup
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 3302 2010-04-21 12:11 /backup/backup
As you can see, on an Ubuntu 8.04 server crontab is started (I restarted it a few times, even rebooted the machine), a job is called every minute (for testing purposes only, normally it should start once a day), however something's not working properly, as the file /backup/backup was not accessed since yesterday (you can see the dates). And yesterday I ran it manually.