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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    why do i get the message
    cron aborted: cannot start cron; FIFO exists
    every time i submit a job in cron?

    what do i need to do for me to use cron?

    ill be using cron to automate the export of our database..

    tnx a lot..


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    check the file /usr/lib/cron/cron.allow
    to no about permission on cron
    for the user or use root user

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Also, make sure the user who set up the cron job is the user who wrote the script if you use script. This will introduce less problem.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    There is a file named "FIFO" in your unix box which is preventing cron from starting up. Did you have an abnormal shutdown ?

    To solve, do a find for the FIFO file e.g.

    $ find / -name FIFO -print

    In my HP box it's in /var/adm/cron/FIFO. It will be in a similar directory. Delete that file and restart cron.



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