KSH script to retrieve data from crontab file

Posted on 2013-05-23
Last Modified: 2013-06-03
I have a script retrieving a list servers from Oracle database and now I need to add code to my KSH script to read crontab file, or in other words just execute

crontab -l

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on each of the servers retrieve with my SQL query and spool the results to a file.
Can anyone help?

My script is below:


export ORACLE_SID=DBName
. oraenv
sqlplus -s /nolog <<EOF
CONNECT usr1/pwd
SET MARKUP HTML ON SPOOL ON HEAD "<TITLE>Server Name Report</title> -
<STYLE TYPE='TEXT/CSS'><!--BODY {background: ffffc6} --></STYLE>"
SPOOL myfile.html

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Question by:YZlat
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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) earned 250 total points
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So you want to loop through your list of servers from the database and execute 'crontab -l' on each one?

Do you have remote shell set up so you can execute remote commands?

If not, you probably can't get there from here.

Most organizations don't allow remote shell because of the security risks.

If you are logged into server1 and server2 comes from the database can you:
rsh server2 crontab -l
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Author Comment

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Thanks, I am going to find out about the remote shell.

The thing is that I am executing the script from OEM to get the data on all backup jobs for every database server and every database, but some databases are not tracked via OEM, so in the future I will need to loop through server names list in a text file and retrieve crontab data from each server
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by:slightwv (䄆 Netminder)
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Even if you can remote shell, it still likely won't be easy to get the output of the crontab into the results of your spool file but we'll cross that when we need to.
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by:Duncan Roe
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You could likely use expect to do this. If you code to use ssh to contact each server, there would be no need to include passwords in your script.
Can you post an example of how you would do this by hand? Then I could show you how to automate it with expect.
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I am using ksh script. Is it possible with ksh?
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by:Duncan Roe
ID: 39209488
Yes you can run expect from ksh. In fact you can make a ksh script which morphs into running expect so only 1 script. I always do that (in sh (bash) but at work it had to be ksh).

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