[Mailman-Users] Errors with fcron jobs

Mark Sapiro msapiro at value.net
Mon Dec 19 01:00:33 CET 2005

Hugo Villeneuve wrote:
>In the fcron configuration file, I have already this line for the shell:
>     shell = /bin/sh

Well, I don't use fcron so I don't know for sure, but looking at the
various manpages leads me to think that the shell= setting in the
fcron config file is only a default if the shell is not otherwise

man 5 fcrontab


  When fcron executes a command, it always sets USER, HOME, and SHELL
  as defined in /etc/passwd for the owner of the fcrontab from which
  the command is extracted. HOME and SHELL may be overridden by
  settings in the fcrontab, but USER may not. Every other environment
  assignments defined in the user fcrontab are then made, and the
  command is executed.

Note the word 'always'. This suggests that you need

SHELL = /bin/sh

preceding any commands in the fcrontab entry itself.

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