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Bug 172096 - crontab task fail to run withour restart crond
crontab task fail to run withour restart crond
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: vixie-cron (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jason Vas Dias
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2005-10-31 08:19 EST by Leon Li
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-10-31 11:07:47 EST
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Description Leon Li 2005-10-31 08:19:46 EST
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Description of problem:
I add a new cron task as following:

13 21 * * * ps ax > /tmp/ps.log

The task do not run and there is no notification email.

But after I restart crond service: 

service crond restart

The cron task runs well.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. add a new crontab task  crontab -e : 14 17 * * * ps ax > /tmp/rootps.log

Actual Results:  The task failed to run without restart crond

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jason Vas Dias 2005-10-31 11:07:47 EST
Actually, I think you'll find that if you wait at least 2 minutes after making
the update, it will take effect without crond restart.
Currently, crond works by loading any updates when the minute changes ; 
e.g. at 12:00:00, 12:01:00, and then scheduling the jobs to be run at
successive minutes, so if a job is loaded at 12:00, it will not be run
until 12:01:00 .
So if your '14 17 * * *' job was updated between 17:14:00 and 17:15:59, 
it would only be loaded at 17:15:00, and would not be run until 17:15 the 
next day .
I am looking at changing this with enhancements to vixie-cron-4.1, which by
default behaves this way, but as the updates always do take effect, this is
not a bug. If you are finding that an update does not take effect within two
minutes, which I cannot reproduce, please re-open this bug.

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