Posts Tagged ‘cron’

Offset cron jobs with Ansible

Sometimes I want to run the same cronjob on a few hosts but I might want to offset them slightly if I’m accessing any shared resources. Here’s an easy way to do that, for a small number of hosts, using Ansible… – name: Ensure cron exists cron: name: Test Job minute: “{{ play_hosts.index(inventory_hostname) }}-59/5” job: […]

Linux Tip: Output error messages to syslog from cron

I wanted to find a way of running a script in cron and output the exit code, and error message, to syslog if it failed. Here’s what I came up with… output=`/usr/bin/scripts/test.sh 2>&1`; code=$?; if [ “$code” -ne 0 ]; then err_msg=`echo “$output” | tail -1`; logger -t “CRONERROR” “Exit Code = $code: $err_msg”; fi; […]