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Bug 3438 - cron mail sez' "cannot determine run level"
cron mail sez' "cannot determine run level"
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: crontabs (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Crutcher Dunnavant
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Reported: 1999-06-13 17:53 EDT by Jaroslaw Sosnicki
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-10 18:00:47 EDT
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Description Jaroslaw Sosnicki 1999-06-13 17:53:31 EDT
I am getting this root email generated by cron with message
"Can not determine run level"
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-14 10:28:59 EDT
If typing "runlevel" gives the response "unknown", then check
/var/run/utmp* (which is where the current runlevel is stored. You'll
probably see a 0 length (or non-existent) file.

I've seen this behavior with initscripts-4.19 in Raw Hide. Reverting
to the 6.0 initscripts-4.16 fixed my prblem.
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 1999-06-14 12:59:59 EDT
The initscripts-4.19 (and possibly 4.17, 4.18) problem is
fixed in initscripts-4.20; /var/run/utmp was getting removed
as soon as it was created (oops). Do you have a /var/run/utmp
or /var/run/utmpx?
Comment 3 Jaroslaw Sosnicki 1999-08-27 21:22:59 EDT
Yes I have /var/run/utmp. Since I reported this bug I have upgradet to

Thanks for fixing it.

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