From: Shepard, Thomas - 1150 - MITLL [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 1:47 PM
Subject: [VuFind-Tech] running vufind marc imports from crontab
Can someone give me advice on running vufind marc imports in a crontab.
I have a shell script that imports a number of .mrc files, each with its own set of properties.
But I can’t seem to make it work as a scheduled crontab command, though the touch commands within the script work okay, confirming that my paths are set correctly.
Here is how I call the shell script itself in crontab:
15 13 * * * cd /usr/local/vufind2 && ./step_1_clear_index.sh
20 13 * * * cd /usr/local/vufind2 && ./step_2_import_marc.sh
(The step_1 script, which simply stops vufind, clears the index, and starts vufind, works perfectly fine, but the step_2 script only runs the touch part.)
Here is a sample section from my shell script:
echo "Importing limited Archives records..."
cd /usr/local/vufind2 &&
sh import-marc.sh -p local/import/import_loginrequired-true.properties local/import/librarycat/vufind_all_limited_2.mrc
(I also tried ./import-marc.sh -p local/import/import_loginrequired-true.properties local/import/librarycat/vufind_all_limited_2.mrc and even used full paths for both commands and arguments)
I can imagine that many of you are writing similar scripts and running them in crontab. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? I’ve consulted several programming sites and from one of them got the tip on combining commands in a single crontab
line, but most report that the solution is to include full paths or adding a cd command, which is what I did, but what really may be throwing this off are the multiple arguments required for import-marc.sh.
BTW, my import and harvesting scripts all work fine at the command line; they just don’t work in a crontab job.
Thanks in advance,
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