[Mailman-Users] Errors with fcron jobs

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Sun Dec 18 23:15:46 CET 2005

Hugo Villeneuve wrote:
>	I'm using fcron to schedule the mailman jobs. I configured fcron to run the mailman jobs as the mailman user (fcrontab -u mailman...). I also created the mailman user with no login shell (/bin/false), similar to what is suggested in the mailman installation manual.
>	When the mailman jobs are run by fcron, an exit status of 1 is returned. I have found that if I replace the "/bin/false" shell entry with "/bin/sh" for the mailman user in the /etc/passwd file, fcron correctly runs the mailman jobs.
>	What can be wrong with my setup?

The installation manual assumes you'll use cron.

fcron by default runs commands using the user's login shell from
/etc/passwd. Thus you have to either specify a valid shell in
/etc/passwd or override it by assigning to SHELL in the crontab.

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