Problem with cron...

Don Mies dmies at
Tue Oct 23 16:22:48 EDT 2001

I'm having a problem with cron on one of my machines.  It works fine
on all the other machines I have tried it on except this particular

I have a very simple script:


#! /bin/sh

echo "This is a test at `date`" >> /tmp/cronTest


The crontab entry for this test is:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /export/home/user/cronTest

This crontab entry should run the above script every 5 minutes.

I get NOTHING in the /tmp/cronTest file.  In fact, the file is never
even created.

The /var/cron/log file looks like:


! unexpected pid returned 13516 (ignored) Tue Oct 23 13:00:01 2001
! unexpected pid returned 13554 (ignored) Tue Oct 23 13:05:00 2001
! unexpected pid returned 13760 (ignored) Tue Oct 23 13:10:00 2001

If I run the crontab as root, I get absolutely nothing but if I run   
it as a user, I get a mail message sent to me that says:


Subject: Couldn't run your "cron" job
Content-Length: 118

Your "cron" job on kuna couldn't be run
can't set project id for your job.
The error was "No such file or directory"


I have no idea what it means by "project id" in the above email.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

Thanks in advance!


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