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Cron Down

Procedure for when cron is down:

1) Log into the machine on which cron is down, either telnet or rsh.

telnet machinename
or
rsh machinename

2) Become local root.

lsu
Password:

3) Check to see if the cron process is running.

ps -ef | grep cron

If it is running, the output will contain the line:

root 22663 1 0 04:58:42 ? 0:00 /usr/sbin/cron

4) If the cron process doesn't show to be running, open a second session by following steps one and two as above.

5) Change to the /etc/rc2.d directory.

cd /etc/rc2.d

6) Display a listing of the directory contents.

ls

7) Pull up the text of the S75cron file.

more S75cron

8) Search for the command that starts with the phrase 'usr/bin'.

/usr/bin

9) Copy and paste the line:

/usr/bin/rm -f /etc/cron.d/FIFO

onto the command line of the initial window opened and execute it to remove the FIFO file.

10) Copy and paste the line:

/usr/sbin/cron

onto the command line of the initial window opened and execute it to restart the cron job.

11) Verify that the cron process is now running.

ps -ef | grep cron

The the output should now contain a line similar to:

root 22663 1 0 04:58:42 ? 0:00 /usr/sbin/cron