error from Popen only when run from cron

Dan Stromberg drsalists at
Tue Apr 17 21:54:02 EDT 2018

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 4:11 PM,  <daniel.chmielewski at> wrote:
> W dniu sobota, 27 stycznia 2018 16:59:50 UTC+1 użytkownik Larry.... at napisał:
>> I have a script that does this:
>> subprocess.Popen(['service', 'some_service', 'status'],
>> stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)
>> When I run it from the command line it works fine. When I run it from
>> cron I get:
>>     subprocess.Popen(['service', 'some_service', 'status'],
>> stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.STDOUT)
>>   File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 711, in __init__
>>     errread, errwrite)
>>   File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/", line 1327, in _execute_child
>>     raise child_exception
>> OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
>> Anyone have any clue as to what file it's complaining about? Or how I
>> can debug this further?
> Larry, I have exactly the same problem. I'd like to run a script and from normal user it works, and from cron doesn't.
> In sumarry I was googled to find information how to set two or more env. variables and pass them to I also try to read $HOME/.profile where usually these env. var. are setting.  Have anyone see any example how to do it? Please let me know. Regards, Daniel

Is service on your $PATH in the cronjob?

What if you set the variables you need in the program, and test it
with "env - myscript" in a login shell, to run myscript with an empty
environment?  This tends to make under cron and not under cron more


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