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Hi,
I have a question about crontab in CentOS. Two days ago I upgraded my server and a few settings got changed. Now the cron job is writing to the log file. I asked the service provider and they said they will not be able to help me with that. I'm using a VPS.

Please let me know how to enable logging in cron.

Thanks.
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by:Abhishek_Chib
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Hi,

Your question is not cleared.

1. crond is not working ?
2. If it is working then /var/log/cron file not updating ?
3. You schedule some cron but schedule cron not updating the file user specific logs ?

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by:Abhishek_Chib
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And also do some basic trouble shooting :

Reference :

http://aplawrence.com/Unixart/crontab_not_running.html

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by:orazen12
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Sorry for not being clear.
Cron is working. The job is run. What I need is that it should write the same to the log file that it ran which job at which time. The log file is empty even though the job is run.
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by:Abhishek_Chib
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Hi,

First I will prefer, to do some troubleshooting, please follow URL :

http://aplawrence.com/Unixart/crontab_not_running.html

and finally restart the service, check the disk space include inode
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by:orazen12
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Well....I did go through it and am not sure what to do from there.

I even restarted the service. It is still not writing to the log file at /var/log/cron (cron being the file name).

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by:Tomunique
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check syslog config

in our case: /etc/syslog-ng/syslog-ng.conf

I found these lines on our system:
filter f_cron       { facility(cron); };
#destination cron { file("/var/log/cron"); };
#log { source(src); filter(f_cron); destination(cron); };

you'd want yours uncommneted.
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Tomunique
I could not find the syslog file. Sorry I'm new at this. But I got it working by another approach. I had to start the service rsyslog. The service was stopped. The moment I did that it started working. So I used the command

/sbin/service rsyslog start

Thanks.
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by:Tomunique
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k, I'm not a linux expert...
but ifthat worked for you... great...
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The service provider told me this solution.
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